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 … More 8 Essential Gadgets for Truck Drivers
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?
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 finding drivers a bigger concern … More 4 Ways to Retain Truck Drivers
When driving past a semi-truck, do you expect to see someone at the peak of health and fitness sitting behind the wheel?? You will, of course, see a tough and hardworking individual doing a very important job. However, truckers and other people in drive-heavy professions are not always in the greatest shape. … More How to Stay Healthy on the Road
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. … More Should Former Convicts Be Hired As Truckers?
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. 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. … More Why Self-Driving Tech is Coming, Despite Concerns
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. … More Driver Retention: More Money, Less Fried-Chicken?
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… … More Keeping Truck Drivers on the Road: More Money, Less Chicken?