If you’re in the transportation business, you’ve heard of the shortage of truckers. Recent articles in the Washington Post have called it a “massive” shortage that’s reached “a crisis level.” Its estimated that the U.S. needs around 50,000 more truck drivers than who are currently working, and the numbers will just keep rising.
You have to be able to work long hours followed by mandatory down time in lousy locations. There is a physical aspect to truck driving too, especially if you get into flatbeding. A lot of companies will run you until your hours are gone and you are stuck somewhere far from your friends and family. Also, there will be times that you will want to go home but you won’t be able to. Moreover, a big number of truckers are reporting how trucking affected their relationships and families in a bad way.
Firstly, a lot of people don’t realize everything that is involved in trucking. It’s more than getting behind a steering wheel and driving. Secondly, you got to be able to do your paperwork. Also watch your surroundings. And keep the truck and trailer in line.
Other participants in the traffic don’t respect the truck drivers enough. Car drivers today have no understanding of what truckers do. They cut them off all of the time. Car drivers see a space between trucks, and they jump in. They don’t realize that’s its a truckers’ stopping lane – and this is just one of the issues truckers face on everyday hauling.
The shortage of truckers is a serious issue, and many trucking companies are looking for drivers, so they are offering signing bonuses and pay raises. The earnings are expected to grow even more in the future, regarding that millennials are also not very interested in the trucking business.
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