When the demands of daily life in the transportation industry get too heavy, give yourself a break with some industry-focused television. Over the years, many networks have developed great shows that get to the heart and soul of the trucking and transportation industry. Whether you stream something on Netflix or record the latest airings on cable, you won’t want to miss these shows.
Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers debuted on the History Channel in 2007 and has been immensely popular since its first airing. The show tracks several truck drivers whose routes take them through some of the most dangerous terrain in North America, Ice Road Truckers shows viewers the harrowing conditions that real world ice road truckers must navigate every day. Most of their routes take them across frozen lakes and rivers, through narrow mountain passes, and into deadly winter storms. Most of the show focuses on the winter roads in Arctic Canada, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, and the Dalton Highway. The truck drivers featured on the show regularly encounter life-threatening situations and must devise clever solutions to deadly problems.
IRT: Deadliest Roads
IRT: Deadliest Roads is a spin-off of the original Ice Road Truckers. Truck drivers from Canada and America who are the best ice road navigators on the continent go to India to navigate the treacherous roads of the Himalayas. While the original Ice Road Truckers show focused on the dangers of wintry climates like Northern Canada, drivers in India have to contend with some of the most dangerous roads in the world.
Drivers also encounter scorching heat during summer weather and freezing temperatures with piles of snow in the mountain passes of the Himalayas. IRT: Deadliest Roads regularly explores some of the most dangerous places to drive in India, a country that does not have the same traffic laws and regulations as the United States. The show paints a distinct picture that illustrates the adapting transportation networks of other countries.
Similar to Ice Road Truckers, Railroad Alaska portrays life in one of America’s harshest climates, with a railroad as the backdrop. Railroad workers contend with dangerous wildlife, storms, tracks covered in snow and ice, and much more. Railroad Alaska provides viewers with an entrancing look at life in the Alaskan transportation industry.
World’s Toughest Trucker
First premiering in 2012, World’s Toughest Trucker has quickly become one of the most popular reality shows covering the trucking industry. Some of the most experienced truck drivers in the country come together to compete for a grand prize in a series of trucking challenges. Each episode shows new challenges that force the contestants to use all their expertise and experience. Highlights of the show include the truckers navigating the most dangerous roads in England, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Australia, and more.
While all these shows are certainly entertaining, they also provide accurate portrayals of life as a truck driver and life in some of the world’s most unforgiving climates. If you’re interested in shows that highlight the dangers and excitement of the transportation industry, be sure to add these shows to your watch list.