Many trucking companies use a wireless system for contacting and tracking their trucks (Quaalcomm). Others will have the drivers give check calls in the morning and/or evening. You can always have the company give you check calls. It's just customer service
Drivers hate check calls. We tend to be a bit independent, and often feel put upon to make check calls. The electronic GPS-based units like Quaalcomm are worse, because it's like having an ankle bracelet for house arrest. Big Brother watching you all the time.
However, the cell phone tracking is a good option for you. And, a good driver will be happy to supply his cell number to you so you can call and be kept in the loop. Be sure to give him/her your number as well, and ask for an update regularly. I always call and give my number to the receiver/customer to insure they can get in touch if circumstances change, such as a crane can't make the appointment, or I am delayed and will need to reschedule.
Daily check calls are annoying for us drivers to make, but we are mostly happy to get a call. Having to make a check call just adds to your workload, getting a nice call from a boat owner would make my day. We are, after all, in a pretty lonely end of the business, and most of us don't mind getting a call to visit. Sometimes you get an old crank, but generally the drivers are decent folks that have a 'story' and are most willing to share. We aren't the Hollywood stereotypes that hang out at cathouses and pop bennies like Tic-Tacs. We put in 16 hour days, in all weather, eat crappy food
(because that's what is available), and put up with knothead 4-wheelers that never had a driving lesson except from another knothead that is a 'good driver' (meaning they never got caught, or never crashed and burned). Don't get me started!!
Anyway, exchange phone numbers, ask if you can call, be pleasant, and really, some of the best customers will give the driver a good word to his company for a job well done. I've even had customers buy me supper, drinks at the bar afterwards, even had some cash miraculously appear in the truck kinda like a tip I guess.
We're not the gross, under-educated ogres most folks think. We ARE supposed to be professional. Yeah, we're gypsies at heart, and we don't play well with authority types, but we are still people.