OnlineTruckers.org (OTO): Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
John Ewing: During the recession back in the late 80’s I was looking for a new career and came across a lot of ads for truck drivers. My wife and I discussed it, decided it was something we could do together and so we signed up with CR England and went to their school and started driving for them. After 2 years as company drivers we got out own truck and became owner/operators. During all this I wrote a small program to help us track our business, shared it with a few people we met on the road and the rest is history. Soon it had a lot of users and the users started needing new things and from those humble beginnings the program grew into a full featured business management system. Today it provides everything you need to manage a small trucking company.
OTO: When did you get started in trucking and how did that decision come about?
John Ewing: 1989, recession necessitated a career change and my wife and I decided that trucking would be a good direction to go. It’s more of a recession proof type of occupation and running team we’d have time together and see the country.
OTO: Why is trucking a good career? Why did you choose trucking for a living?
John Ewing: It’s recession proof, as long as there’s an America there will be trucks and companies that need drivers for those trucks.
OTO: Where is your business located and which areas do you serve?
John Ewing: We now live in an RV and so the business is located wherever we park. We are an online service now that the internet has grown enough to make that possible, so we serve the entire country via the internet.
OTO: Where is the trucking industry headed?
John Ewing: It is starting to look like the future is going to be automated trucks and mostly automated 4 wheelers but I’m not sure how long it’ll take to get to that future. The industry is moving in that direction, but until we can figure out how to make that a secure method of operation, I see companies and owner/operators sticking with drivers. When we do have truly autonomous trucks there will be a fairly long period I believe where we’ll still have drivers as the wheel. That will eventually change as the need for a babysitter in the truck disappears, but all that will take time.
OTO: Why trucking matters to the economy? Why is it important?
John Ewing: Have you ever seen the bumper sticker that says “Without trucks America stops”? That pretty much explains why trucking is important. Without the sophisticated distribution system that we have in the Western World the life style we enjoy would not be possible.
OTO: How has trucking changed your life?
John Ewing: Trucking has given me a solid and rewarding career. Whether you’re moving freight down the road or dispatching the trucks that do trucking is a rewarding and stable career. As a software developer and former trucker I have the unique opportunity to work with the people who keep America running. It’s a job that offers an immense sense of satisfaction and the rewards are numerous. At Truckers Helper we’ve always been responsive to the needs of our trucking customers and we’ve helped them grow their businesses just as they have helped us grow ours.
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