The pool of potential workers is shrinking just as an aging driver population is retiring, federal regulations are restricting hours of service, and younger generations are increasingly associating trucking with low pay, poor working conditions, and an isolated and unhealthy lifestyle. In short, it has become harder and harder for … More Let’s Drive, Kids: Millennial Recruitment During the Driver Shortage
Ten years ago, trucking was hit especially hard by the Great Recession and thousands of drivers lost their jobs. Growth in subsequent years was slow, but consistent, and there was a large pool of potential drivers for trucking companies to hire. However, the general economy has now largely recovered and, with more and more goods … More The Driver Shortage is Raising Shipping Costs; Are Retail Prices Next?
One of the most commonly used tools for a driver might soon be replaced. Stoneridge Inc. is attempting to engineer a paradigm shift in how truckers stay aware of their surroundings by replacing side-view mirrors with camera systems which display side-views via in-cab screens. This change, the company says, can drastically expand a driver’s field of vision, and therefore safety, while improving aerodynamics. … More Replacing Mirrors with Cameras: A View of the Future?
We’ve got some huge news to share: Commercial Truck Trader is launching new reporting tools for dealers who sell their commercial vehicles through CommercialTruckTrader.com!! This is a BIG DEAL. These reporting tools will provide dealers with a more advanced understanding of how buyers are interacting with their listings, how their inventory is performing, and how their inventory listings compare to competition in local and national markets, and more. … More New Reporting from Commercial Truck Trader is a BIG DEAL
Did you know that over 60% of OTR drivers are pet-owners, and that 40% take their pets on the road with them?? That’s according to a recent Harris poll, and it got us thinking about trucking with man’s best friend. Bringing a dog on the road creates a fun and unique trucking experience, but there can actually be a lot that goes into preparing for and driving with a canine in the cab. Here’s what you need to know about Dogs in Trucking!! … More A Trucker’s Best Friend
Alabama’s song, “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)”, is one of the more famous trucking songs out there. Central to the song is what is foremost in the heart of every trucker: a connection to family. Being away from loved ones is a well-known theme of the trucking life; a stereotype that’s not accurate for every driver, but rooted in truth for many truckers on the road. This can make it tough for those behind the wheel to stay connected to their friends and family. … More Staying Connected On The Road
We have now entered the age of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), as mandated by the federal government. Although widely disliked by owner-operators in the transportation industry, the controversial ELD requirement “is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately … More 10 ELD Updates to Your Company’s Hours-of-Service Policy
Recently on the blog, we highlighted a dangerous epidemic – drowsy driving – and offered 8 Tips for Staying Bright-Eyed While Driving. It was a popular post, but Ford may have just given us a 9th tool for staying awake on the road: Vibrating Trucker Hats!! Seriously. Let’s take a closer look!! … More Vibrating Trucker Hats Keep Drivers Awake
Together, truckers like you move over 10.42 billion tons of freight each year. This requires dedication, focus, and skill, which you surely have in spades. However, hiring managers sometimes need help recognizing those valuable traits. To land more jobs — and the best jobs — you may have to … More On-The-Road Marketing: How Truckers Can Build A Brand
Personable relationships and attention-grabbing campaigns are certainly effective and lead to a great deal of sales. However, these are only two parts of a strategic, connection-generating trifecta. What is this third, final piece of the puzzle? We’re glad you asked, because today we’re talking about … More Generating Leads Through Content Development