The air suspension truck has been around for quite some time now. With a suspension that offers complete adjustability between performance and comfort, the air suspension trucks were expected to change the entire industry. Journeys would be safer and more efficient as drivers suffer less fatigue. These new trucks were anticipated to dominate the industry. It has been many years since the first air suspension truck was introduced, yet the number of trucks on the road that are equipped with air suspension is well below what was expected.
Concerns regarding reliability have held back the popularity of air suspension trucks since its introduction. Air suspensions generally have shorter time between needing repairs compared to conventional systems. Repairs were also significantly more expensive.
However, recent surveys within the industry have revealed that more trucking operators are considering air suspension. The advancements in automotive technology and material development has led to more durable components and systems that has virtually brought the air suspension system technology on par with conventional suspension systems.
Also due to increasing demand for faster delivery of goods and worsening of traffic, trucking companies are taking all possible measures for speeding up journeys. The improved ride quality offered by air suspension means that drivers can drive longer without suffering from the effects of fatigue. They can focus more and require fewer stops.
Another key factor to the increased interest in air suspension is the fact that operators that bought conventional trucks around the time that the first air suspension trucks were introduced is now on the market again for buying new vehicles.