8 Essential Gadgets for Truck Drivers

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Life as a truck driver is not easy. Even with a decent remuneration package being offered by companies, there’s still an ongoing shortage of drivers. The shortage of drivers is due, in part, to the hardships of life on the road, including isolation/loneliness and negative health impacts. Fortunately for drivers, there are a lot of gadgets that can help make the trucking life better. Here are some essential gadgets for drivers that make driving easier, safer, and more comfortable. Continue reading “8 Essential Gadgets for Truck Drivers”

Let’s Drive, Kids: Millennial Recruitment During the Driver Shortage

With rising industry growth and falling unemployment, the economy has been steadily recovering over the past 8 years, following the start of the Great Recession in 2008. That’s overall great news for the nation, however 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 trucking companies to find new drivers. Continue reading “Let’s Drive, Kids: Millennial Recruitment During the Driver Shortage”

The Driver Shortage is Raising Shipping Costs; Are Retail Prices Next?

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 being produced and in need of transportation (and with Amazon and Walmart disrupting the market in a breakneck competition to rush-deliver products), a trucking workforce that is still relatively small cannot keep up with demand. Continue reading “The Driver Shortage is Raising Shipping Costs; Are Retail Prices Next?”

4 Ways to Retain Truck Drivers

Talk to almost anyone in the trucking industry and you’re likely to hear concerns about so many drivers leaving their companies and even quitting the industry altogether! In fact, the ongoing driver shortage is the number one reported issue for carriers, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. That makes difficulty finding qualified drivers a bigger concern than the controversial ELD mandate or hours of service regulations. From coast to coast, the trucker shortage is causing major upsets in the transportation industry. Continue reading “4 Ways to Retain Truck Drivers”

Should Former Convicts Be Hired As Truckers?

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With the demand for truck drivers at an all time high, some carriers may find drivers from unexpected places, even prison.

At first glance, this seems to be a chance to meet multiple needs simultaneously. The driver shortage has pushed transportation fleets to maximum capacity, which will begin to cripple the industry in the coming years if the demand for truckers is not met. Meanwhile, there are millions of free and on-parole felons in the U.S. who are looking for a fresh start through meaningful work. There are some prisons that even allow inmates to begin earning their CDL while still behind bars. But is this a good idea? Continue reading “Should Former Convicts Be Hired As Truckers?”

Why Self-Driving Tech is Coming, Despite Concerns

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Automated technology is a tricky subject for truck drivers. To be clear, few truckers on the road today will lose their jobs to self-driving technology. Fully automated vehicles (AVs) won’t be available for a long time and the public is too wary of driverless cars to allow rapid implementation – two of the points we made in our recent article, “4 Reasons Why Truckers are Here to Stay.” However, the story may be quite different in 40 to 50 years. Today we want to look to that more distant future and attempt to understand Why Self-Driving Technology is Coming, Despite Concerns. Continue reading “Why Self-Driving Tech is Coming, Despite Concerns”

Driver Retention: More Money, Less Fried-Chicken?

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How does a million dollars sound in exchange for driving a truck? Pretty dang good, right? That’s how much Swift Transportation was awarding select winners in a driver retention campaign in the mid-2000s!!

While that specific program seems to have ended, trucking companies continue to look for ways to combat the ongoing driver shortage. Drivers with good records can sometimes win money, prizes, and even new cars. Why such big prizes? While the transportation of goods continues to be a backbone of American production and growth, more and more truck cabs are found with an empty driver’s seat. Continue reading “Driver Retention: More Money, Less Fried-Chicken?”

Keeping Truck Drivers on the Road: More Money, Less Chicken?

How does a million dollars sound in exchange for driving a truck? Pretty dang good, right?

That’s how much Swift Transportation is awarding select winners in a driver retention campaign.

Trucking companies continue to look for ways to combat the ongoing driver shortage. Drivers with good records can sometimes win money, prizes, and even new cars. Why such big prizes? While the transportation of goods continues to be a backbone of American production and growth, more and more truck cabs are found with an empty driver’s seat. Continue reading “Keeping Truck Drivers on the Road: More Money, Less Chicken?”