Steps to Take for Fixing the Truck Driver Shortage

You may assume that the trucking industry is thriving and growing at a rapid rate since freight trucks deliver more than 70% of the goods in the United States. Even though the trucking industry is growing rapidly, there has been an alarming shortage of truck drivers.

This has started to affect the industry. The lack of truck drivers has threatened the industry from succeeding. To understand this issue, we are going to look at the main challenges that are affecting the trucking industry. We are also going to discuss what steps trucking companies can take to overcome the many challenges facing the industry.

The Age Factor

Currently, there are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. Most truck drivers tend to be old white men with 66% of the truckers being white and male, 6% of the drivers being female, and 28% of the truckers classed as minorities. The age factor is a massive challenge for the trucking industry since truck drivers in America are 49 years on average. This is 7 years older than the average age of workers in other industries.

Older truck drivers mean that once they reach their retirement age, it becomes more difficult to have younger workers replace them. One of the main reasons behind this is the small size of the generation replacing them which consists of people born between 1965 and 1984.

Solution

The best way to counteract the age factor in the trucking industry is to bring down the average age of a truck driver. This can be done by attracting younger millennials to view the trucking industry as a viable career option.

The Lifestyle Factor

The lifestyle of truckers isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. On average they will be spending hundreds of hours driving on the road, covering thousands of miles every single week. This will keep them away from their homes for long time periods and not everyone finds that enticing. They also have to drive on odd hours, like driving through the night to make early morning deliveries.

It can be a rewarding career option for several reasons but younger drivers don’t find the lifestyle of a trucker attractive. This is mainly because their focus is to try and maintain a healthy work-life balance. This isn’t possible when you’re a truck driver. It can be challenging to live the lifestyle of a trucker. That’s why companies are trying to attract new drivers by trying to make the job appear more comfortable. However, they have gotten mixed results from such efforts since the nature of the job requires you to spend long hours on the road and away from home.

Solution

The best way to counter the lifestyle factor is by trying to make it appear more appealing to the younger generation. Trucking businesses can start offering flexible hours which may attract younger truckers to think about joining the trucking business. This way trucking companies may get new talent to join the industry.

CDL Driving Age Set to Go Lower?

Major changes are now set to hit the truck driving world, and will inevitably affect CDL driving age requirements.

In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed changes — which are backed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of Washington’s Department of Transportation — to lower the age of truck drivers, in particular for purposes of driving across state lines.

Now, two years later, the program is set to go into effect.

What the new proposal means for truck drivers

Historically the age allowance to drive large trucks across state lines was 21 and over. But because of a current significant truck driver shortage in the US, the federal government is promoting a new policy to lower this age in order to help the economy and trucking industry.

According to statistics, the shortage of US truck drivers are in the range of 51,000 and is expected to increase to a whopping 63,000 this year.

In a July 2018 article in the New York Times, it was reported that “The lack of available drivers is rippling through the supply chain, causing a bottleneck of goods that is delaying deliveries and prompting some companies to increase prices.”

The article went on to report that the Trump administration is working towards getting non-traditional truck drivers to sign up for job placements in the truck industry, including women and minorities, since (according to the Times) the industry has been historically dominated by white men.

The effort to bring in younger truck drivers, under the age of 21, is currently a pilot program with some major push. Known as Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the program is designed to allow drivers under 21 years old with certain military occupational specialty experience, or national guard experience, to begin driving large trucks across state lines.

The pilot program is expected to begin later in the year.

Another proposal, the Drive Safe Act, will allow all 18-21-year-olds to operate a large truck. This bill has yet to take effect but is being supported by organizations such as the American Trucking Association.

Controversy Surrounding the Plan

But of course, no proposal regarding CDL driving age range is without debate.

According to sobering statistics, drivers below the age of 20 are three times more likely to be involved in fatal vehicle accidents. In 2010 alone, 33 percent of deaths among 13 to 19-year-olds were due to motor vehicle crashes.

According to a Center for Disease Control study, in 2013 drivers between the ages of 15-19 represented only 7 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 11 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.

Though there are many factors related to these statistics (such as teens having a higher rate of not wearing seatbelts while driving, as well as drunk driving, according to the CDC), organizations who are pushing for the lower age truck driving bill are adamant that CDL training programs will become more stringent, going above and beyond current requirements in order to ensure driver safety.

The Impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on Truck Driving

The devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was great: communities and properties were destroyed, families were displaced, and lives were lost. The damage from these and other recent natural disasters will take some time to restore.

The impacts of these devastating storms affect the trucking industry in many ways, some obvious and others not so noticeable.

Here are some of the biggest ways Hurricane Harvey and Irma have impacted truck driving:
The trucking rate: There are trucking hubs across the US which serve as major transportation byways of goods and services. During major natural disasters or storms, suppliers of goods as well as buyers either expedite or cancel orders of goods. When Hurricane Harvey hit, the hubs that serve Florida in Atlanta and Charlotte saw an increase in transportation rates as many buyers of goods cancelled their orders, leaving a high volume of empty or unfilled trucks.
Trucking companies tend to charge more for the transportation of goods if their trucks aren’t completely filled. Empty or unfilled trucks waste the trucker’s time and cost the trucking company money. The additional costs are then passed on to the consumer.
A higher concentration of empty trucks increase traffic, which hurts the salary of truck drivers.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma increased the availability of trucks in areas that served the hardest hit areas of Florida and Texas. While an increase in truck availability in certain areas leads to faster delivery times for goods, those goods will cost more. As trucking companies flocked to areas that serve Florida and Texas, other major trucking hubs saw a decrease in truck traffic and availability of trucks. This led to a delay of goods to other parts of the country.
All these conditions led to higher trucking rates in certain areas, with the cost being passed to the trucking company or truck drivers (if they work for a small trucking outfit).
Travel restrictions: The states of Florida and Texas have many key trucking routes and are home to many goods suppliers who rely on trucking to transport their goods to buyers. After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, some of these routes were closed due to flooding or damage to surrounding communities that made road travel difficult or impossible. Some nearby hubs were either closed or had travel restrictions in place as a precaution.
These route and hub closures and restrictions kept truck drivers from either picking goods up to be delivered or from delivering their cargo in a timely manner or at all. This in turn, negatively impacts the mileage and fulfillment of truck drivers which reduce how much they earn, as most truck drivers are paid per mile and how timely they are able to meet their delivery quotas.
Gas prices: When natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Irma strike, the prices at the pump skyrocket as refineries and local gas dispensaries are destroyed and shut down. Higher prices for oil and diesel spike nationwide, not just in the areas impacted by the storms.
Trucking companies typically pay for the gas to fill up their trucks. Even when diesel gas prices are low, an 18-wheeler truck can easily cost $1,000 to fill up. For trucking companies that have large truck fleets, the costs of gas are astronomical. Trucking companies have many methods to help offset the high costs of fuel, including partnering with oil refineries by buying gasoline in bulk at a discounted rate.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, more than 10 oil refineries, including Exxon Mobil, were forced to shut down, drastically reducing the amount of oil production and availability. Trucking companies that have agreements with these oil refineries were forced to pay high prices for the scant amount of available oil.
The resulting increase in gas prices then filtered down to truck drivers and the buyers of the goods they were delivering to.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had devastating effects on people and communities across the US. Their impact was especially felt in the trucking industry with increased transportation costs, lower earnings for drivers, and traffic congestion.
Natural disasters will happen, but companies and consumers of goods rely on trucking and the truck drivers to get their goods transported and delivered. As a truck driver, you can have great benefits and freedom to travel across the US. Drivers who have years of experience can enjoy great pay and flexible scheduling.
If you aren’t getting satisfaction out of your current job and have the urge to explore the open road, a career in trucking may be for you. Contact us at Commercial Vehicle Training Center today to learn about our commercial vehicle licensing course and be on your way to being a truck driver.

Security and Safety in the Trucking Industry

Driving a truck carries a bit more responsibility than driving a car.

Cars are easier to control and handle and while cars and trucks can be dangerous, trucks can cause significantly more damage.

Accidents involving trucks generally are more severe and serious than those involving cars. Trucks have a higher chance of going out of control, causing significantly more damage to property and other drivers.

Trucks also make for ways to conceal and transport illegal and hazardous products. They can even transport people.

In the present day and age where terrorism and increased violence persist, more pressure is put on trucking companies to thoroughly vet their drivers.

What are the security rules and regulations drivers must abide by?

Truck Safety Inspections

Each truck is required to be checked every year by members of the Department of Transportation (DOT). These six levels that make up the inspection look at both the condition of the truck and the credentials of the truck driver.  The levels of the DOT inspection are as follows:

1) Level I: North American Standard Inspection

This part of the inspection includes looking at the operator’s driver license, medical certificate, waiver, and hours of driving. The truck’s seat belts, turn signals, tail lights, head lights, steering wheel, exhaust system, wheels and fuel system will also be examined.

2) Level II: Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection

This second level includes the same procedure as the first level, but in addition, an inspector will inspect the bottom of the tuck.

3) Level III: Driver-Only Inspection

This third level only looks at the operator’s driving license, medical card and daily driving log.

4) Level IV: Special Inspection

This level of the DOT inspection is only conducted and needed when a particular problem with the truck has been reported.

5) Level V: Vehicle-Only Inspection

The fifth level looks at the same elements of the truck as in level one, with the only exception of the driver being absent.

6) Level VI: Enhanced NAS Inspection for Radioactive Shipments

This level of DOT inspections are only done on trucks carrying dangerous radioactive or flammable contents.

Driver Qualifications

As trucks are dangerous pieces of machinery, companies need to be sure they hire drivers who are responsible, reliable, and law-abiding. As the lives of other motorists are in their hands, drivers can’t have a record of drug or alcohol abuse and must be clean of both.

All drivers must first self-certify at their local DMV disclosing the specific nature of the trucking they do. Failure to self-certify and present a current medical card (if applicable) will result in a loss of his or her CDL.

All truck drivers need to have a current driver’s license and CDL in their possession at all times. Failure to do so may lead to suspension of their truck driving license.

In addition to a driver’s license and a CDL, some truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce will need to pass physical requirements set by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Successful passing of the DOT physical test will result in the issuance of a medical card that also must be carried at all times. The medical card notifies DOT that the driver is physically able to operate a truck.

Failure to present a valid medical card will result in the denial of re-issuance of a driver’s CDL.

Each state has slightly different requirements in obtaining a class A commercial truck driver’s license. Aspiring truck drivers are encouraged to attend a certified truck driving school in the state in which they want to get their license in.

Each state, however, shares four general requirements in obtaining a CDL. These include: meeting the minimum CDL requirements such as age and physical requirements, passing necessary written exams to obtain a CDL permit, satisfy the requirements for specific endorsements (HazMat endorsements, for example require a driver background check), and pass a three-part hands-on driving exam to test skills and ultimately get a CDL license.

A certified commercial truck driving school is a great way to quickly get a start on your truck driving career. At Commercial Vehicle Training Center, our trained and experienced instructors will provide you with the skills and behind-the-wheel experience you need to quickly get your CDL.

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Electronic Log books and how they will affect your business….

Drivers in the United States are expected to see a number of big changes when it comes to their businesses. Any driver that regularly operates in the United States including Canadian drivers will now be required to regularly use electronic logging devices by the end of this year. In 2017 the US voted to mandate electronic logging devices in commercial vehicles and trucks.

These changes come directly from the US Federal motor carrier safety administration and it means the truckers across the United States with an estimated over 140,000 Canadian drivers will have to modernize the system that they are using for recording their time on the road.

This mandate comes directly as a method to better track the hours of work and to limit the total amount of time that a trucker can be behind the wheel for improved safety on the road. By including ELD systems it’s possible to make sure that trucking companies are following their mandate for total hours worked within a week for safety as well as extra records for inspection, maintenance and more. Electronic laws will eventually improve enforcement and compliance with FMCSA standards.

The problem with logs which are not based on the electronic monitoring systems is that they can be extremely easy to fake. Written logs will no longer be accepted under the law because companies and workers could basically write in whatever they want to remain compliant.

A 516 page final rulebook was released on December 10 of 2015 outlining the various requirements set out for ELD manufacturers to ensure that their systems are fully accepted by the FMCSA. These types of rules ensure that even the electronic documentation manufacturers are forced to create a product that will remain compliant and extremely difficult to fake. Ultimately enforcement is the name of the game here with the ability to verify data.

As an added bonus for drivers and managers electronic logbooks are a change that can certainly save time. On-duty off-duty logbooks have been created for bus drivers and truck drivers since the late 1930s and through the automated use of electronic logging it’s possible to not only record the data in real time from any vehicle but also at a fair amount of assistance in time management, scheduling and more.

Electronic logbooks are making it simpler for roadside safety inspectors to easily spot violations in federal law that could be potentially putting lives at risk. Logbooks can be very difficult to verify in these roadside checks but with a quick look at the electronic logging device, it’s possible to verify the data and potentially get drivers off the road who are in violation.

When does the mandate go into place?

All drivers operating in the United States will have to start using electronic logs by December 18 and 2017. An electronic logging device must also be updated to improve all technical requirements outlined in the most recent version of the final rule document. If you log systems are already in place in the form of an automatic or onboard recording device, these will be temporarily permitted until the year 2019 on December 16. AOBRD’s are only temporarily compliant and the full transition to ELDs to meet the newest technical standard is a requirement.

Based off of current ordering and demand it’s estimated that most suppliers of the ELD systems can help a company become compliant between 12 to 24 months if they have AOBRD systems on all of their vehicles. Because of this incredible demand from manufacturers the FMCSA has introduced this grandfather clause to deliver two additional years in finding the ELD standard. The bottom line is having at least some type of electronic tracking available in the vehicle for now. By eventually updating to ELD the devices can continue to be compliant and upgraded through various software patches and for all drivers. Upgrading to ELD will not only ensure that a trucker driver can operate legally but it can minimize the eventual cost of compliance for fleets. Knowing electronic devices can be patched instead of requiring extensive hardware updates can be a big break for many business owners. Some versions of the AOBRD’s can also be upgraded with their own firmware or software update to make them ELD compliant especially if they are modern devices. This means that if the business owner has already updated their fleet to AOBRD’s some light research or regular updating to the device could be all that’s needed to turn a fairly modern system completely compliant under the new standard.

Differences in standards:

The FMCSA plans to eventually publish a web list of devices which are compatible and updatable in an online database. This can make the process of actually discovering accepted devices and updating your software much easier. What is important to note however is that every ELD is going to present data differently and have different tools for business owners to use within their business. Different systems are going to have different interfaces as well as different ways of presenting the data for both owners and operators as well as inspectors. This can also lead to compatibility issues as suppliers begin purchasing pre-equip police trucks, acquiring used ELD systems and purchased used trucks from other owner and operators. Eventually what could happen is a giant mixed fleet of ELD’s presenting data differently and making data very difficult to examine for a business owner. In many cases this is an issue that’s being somewhat overlooked and many business owners may want to consider making sure that all of their trucks are equipped with similar systems for ease of use.

This rule is one of the largest changes to the trucking industry for many years and while many business owners consider it to be a big intrusion into the rights of privacy, many applaud the idea of the improvements to Highway safety. Various groups have come forward to attempt athwart the mandate for ELD’s but the mandate has been made official under the final rule. The good news for drivers however is that there is a law that prohibits the use of shippers, receivers, motor carriers and more on the manipulation of ELD’s and driver harassment.

How this will effect small and large companies:

Ultimately this new standard can have quite a large effect on the trucking industry in different ways based off of the size of a business. Smaller owner operators may find it easy to update their compliancy especially if they are directly in charge of their own trucks and driving schedule. Monitoring and coordinating just one truck for the upgrade or a few trucks for the upgrade can be a fairly simple task. Smaller owner operators to even consider the idea of leasing a truck that’s already compliant or purchasing a used truck that’s already compliant especially if they are just starting their business. A big concern that could face many owner operators however is that they may not be able to beat out the larger competition by offering longer driving time through written logs. The automated driving logs will hold owner operator drivers much more accountable.

Larger companies may face greater difficulty when it comes to their upgrade process however. Many manufacturers of ELD systems are absolutely swamped with orders and upgrades right now and as a result it could take up to a full year to reach compliancy. This is leaving many owner operators purchasing devices that need to be updated in order to be somewhat compliant under the grandfathered rule. Making sure that some type of electronic logging device is available on board is essential for compliance. If a large-scale company is unable to complete compliancy by the deadline this could lead to extensive expenses. Having entire fleets of vehicles off the road could be extremely detrimental to a company. Giving larger companies electronic logging devices in their vehicles however is a huge benefit not only for their compliancy but for tracking, scheduling and more. It can be very difficult for dispatchers and owners to keep tabs on their drivers especially if they are working in a very large fleet. These types of devices can finally put control back into the hands of management and owner operators. Many ELD’s also come with advanced software and data output that can be introduced to computer software for improvements to efficiency. This can help an entire fleet to examine improvements that could lead to greater profitability.

Compliancy remains a big concern for companies of all sizes and scales within the trucking industry. With these rules now finalized it’s extremely important that owner operators, managers and drivers are willing to focus in and do what is possible to initiate these changes before they risk the chance of fines, violations of federal law and more. The Commercial Vehicle Training Center will continue to monitor any situation that arises with FMCSA.

Changes to Trucking Under Trump

Changes to Trucking Under Trump:

As well as a number of different changes throughout American industry, the Trump administration is going to bring about some differences with the trucking and transportation industry especially through opportunities for hours reform, an overhaul of the FMC essay as well as new trucking regulations the job may be changing for truckers across the United States.

A number of online petitions are actually showing up for the Trump administration to consider deregulating the trucking industry. The influence of this petition may be widely unknown but with the number of specific request for reform this could potentially block new mandates such as the electronic logging device which could be installed as early as December 2017 as well as instill a delay on omissions regulations an overall loosening of the hours in service regulations and more.

The opportunities for this type of reform currently do exist according to a number of trucking trade associations. Lobbyists for the industry will continue to work towards getting Trump and the US Department of Transportation to change the way that the federal motor carrier safety administration begins to develop their newest regulations. There’s an overall cause to have the agency develop better relationships in the industry.

In the past Republicans have had a bit of an adversarial relationship with the trucking industry with much more focus placed into the Federal Aviation Administration. With a growing focus on consumer economy and American jobs, the trucking industry deserves an overhaul especially with changes in admission regulations.

A number of groups are calling upon Trump to sign a new executive order which can change the way that the FMCSA perceives benefits and regulations. Various lobbying groups are looking for new regulations which are based in results.

American trucking organizations call to action:

Various American trucking organizations and associations are planning on calling the Trump administration out. It is time that the FMCSA produced more sensible regulations through a data-driven and regulated process. Currently outcomes are drafted often by those who are far separated from the transportation industry. With a focus on improving economic outcomes as well as an elimination of various regulations, the trucking industry could be greatly improved. State meal and rest break rules as well as other labor related rules are a patchwork in the industry currently. With better defined reform and the chance to make rules such as the 14 hour rule much more flexible, it is possible to do more in the transportation industry.

Hours of service reform is one of the biggest demands of many trucking industries. From the 30 min. break required in 2013 as well as the split sleeper berth time to increase the 14 hour rule, it is possible to start generating positive changes in the industry.

Emissions headache:

Although there are new emissions standards being introduced in the United States it could be up to 10 years before the implementation period of omissions regulations are extended into the transportation industry. Expediting this process can allow truckers to enjoy longer trips on the road, less fines and less stringent requirements for maintenance and upkeep on their vehicles.

As Trump is tasked with hiring a new secretary of transportation, a new FMCSA head will also be named and this will mean new changes into the trucking industry for the future.

Truckers feel overburdened:

Many truckers across the industry continue to call for change and feel overburdened by a number of regulatory bodies within the business. Many truckers are completely uninterested in mandatory electronic logs as well as speed limiting mandates. These unnecessary regulations are changing the industry and can also change the stability and economic rewards which are available for truckers.

Many individuals that have been in the industry for years are not used to being limited in any way by their speed, the hours that they could work as well as their mandated breaks over the course of a trucking shift. The idea of new toll roads as well as privatized highways is also making the process of planning routes much more difficult for truckers in the industry. New challenges in the business or leaving many truckers overburden and this is especially true for individuals that own and manage their own truck and transportation business.

Speed limiters in the future:

The idea for speed limiters for example could be one of the very first mandates to be pushed out of regulation with the Trump administration. Speed limiters were introduced mostly as a means to combat omissions but the cost and benefit for the calculations introduced in installing the limiters may greatly outweigh the emissions savings under new standards. White House office of management and budget will be responsible for completing the cost-benefit analysis on speed limiters but there are many analysts in the industry that suggest that this could be one of the very first initiatives that is thrown out in the future.

Privatization on highways:

Donald Trump estimated that he would be spending over $1 trillion into infrastructure projects throughout the United States. This consistent investment could cause a reasonable amount of trouble for many drivers. This consistent spending means more privatized highways, more tolls, more construction but in the end, better roads and routes. For a few years the trucking industry will undergo some challenges and with the ongoing tolls and changes, route planning may grow more difficult. Investment in bridges and highways will secure the future of the trucking industry and is 70% of the nation’s freight makes its way across American highways, there is going to be an ongoing need for transportation professionals to front a large selection of the bill for this infrastructure. While the spending for these projects has not been entirely laid out, there are new toll roads and financial strategies that are being laid out to handle the next major infrastructure funding bill through the best times for construction.

ELD:

Tractor-trailer omissions regulations have been a sticking point under the new administration as the previous ELD rule was published by Republicans. The Environmental Protection Agency is not mandated by Congress and phase 2 omissions regulations remain unchanged. Rolling back these emissions regulations and stalling their mandate will likely be a focus of the new administration. The good news about these changes to the ELD rule is that there could be a full decade before ELD emission standards are actually put in place. This is especially good news for drivers that have older style trucks. A pre-2000 tractor-trailer that does not utilize ELD could be a costly upgrade. It’s estimated that in order to connect ELD to a pre-2000 model truck, the cost will be at least $1000 per truck. The pre-2000 model year exception for mandate compliance as well as the stalling of ELD requirements is helping to save truckers across the United States a considerable amount of money. There’s no telling how much money the regulatory commission may make in fines and retrofit charges should the ELD mandate completely pass.

 Hours of service:

Without a mandated E log on board trucks hours of service violations can be more difficult to track. In most cases it’s smaller carriers that are responsible for over 60% of all hours of service violations through their electronic logging devices. There are also many larger firms that have been responsible for back-office manipulation of driving time regulations as well. Only around a third of drivers surveyed across the United States received a warning for violating state mandated hours but in most cases companies are being accused of the falsification of records alongside their violation. Good inspectors can almost instantly verify the validity in a logbook and spot hours of service violations that have been scripted, regardless of electronic monitoring or individual logging. Knowing drive times and validating records will continue to make hours of service a problem for those that want extra flexibility. With changes slotted for increased flexibility in drive time standards this could mean a huge boost to the transportation industry.

Trucking under trump is looking extremely promising for cost savings, road improvements and improved hours. While there are many new burdens that face the transportation and trucking industry, it seems as though the newest administration is finally working to put truckers first.

Trucking Job Opportunities

Truck driver jobs are just as accessible as other jobs. If you have an interest in driving immense vehicles, you might be interested in trucking jobs. There are many different kinds of trucking jobs. How do you know which one is right for you?

What are you interested in?

Begin by determining what trucking category you like. This is necessary before beginning with your search for a new job.  Some of the categories  include auto haulers, boat haulers, interstate, local drivers, bus drivers, tanker drivers, and flatbed trucker among others. By identifying the categories you are most interested in, you will manage to limit the search for your job.

Who do you want to work for?

Many of the largest trucking companies are setting a new standard for driver opportunities for new and experienced truck drivers. These companies continue to offer truck drivers a career path that provides competitive salaries, flexible work schedules, great benefits, and the opportunity to see the country.

Do you have job security?

Thousands of job opportunities each year are expected to emerge in the trucking industry. The numerous requests are because of the dependency of other industries in the services of trucking. Various areas such as construction, retailing, etc. depend on the efficient transportation of assets and products, something that may only be given by the trucking industry. The numerous requests for the transport of assets and products add up to the need for truck drivers.

What’s the first step to starting your new career?

The first thing you require for a trucking job is a CDL (Commercial Driving License). Once you have completed your training with a driving school, you can apply for this license. You will have to undergo an exam to get your CDL. It is important to get initial experience from a good company for further growth prospects. Don’t be too choosy in your first trucking job. Once you get a start, it will be easier to find other better jobs.

Many individuals are interested in pursuing a driving career in the trucking industry because trucking jobs allow drivers to have the freedom and flexibility of working for yourself while still receiving the great pay and benefits from a major corporation. For die-hard truckers, no other career can compare to life on the open road.

The trucking industry is so important that an economy stops working without its functions. It performs an essential function in the efficient transportation of assets and services to diverse regions. It is as well significant to balance resources and aid communities particularly the far ones to obtain the goods that they want.

As an outcome for the popularity of the jobs in the trucking business, there has been a growth in the number of students who desire to enlist in truck driving schools. Truck driving schools are recognized as a stepping-stone to having a profession in the trucking industry.

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The Never-Ending Truck Driver Shortage Story

In 2015, American Trucking Associations estimated that for-hire trucking companies had nearly 50,000 fewer drivers than they needed, the shortage was less severe in 2016, but the trade group expects it to worsen in coming years reported the Wall Street Journal.

When it comes to the state of what really feels like the never-ending truck driver shortage, everything is really out there for all to see as plain as day.

We talk and read and hear about how about the projected shortfalls in the difference between the actual number of drivers out there and what is actually needed.

And we talk about other things, too, like the aging truck driver workforce, potential drivers not wanting to be away from home for long stretches and, of course, the millennial effect, in which they would rather be doing something “cooler” than driving a truck for a living.

So, rather than seeing things improve or changing for the better on that front, the really consistent themes are the ones mentioned above unfortunately.

Why? Because the numbers don’t seem to be materially changing, even if the national employment outlook appears to be brightening.

While these statistics, which were issued by the ATA in January from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), are somewhat dated, the trends remain the same:

  • turnover rate at large truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue saw a 2 percent decline to 81 percent in the third quarter for its lowest level going back to the second quarter of 2011;
  • this marked the third decline in 2016, with the large truckload fleet turnover rate in the first quarter seeing a 13 percent decrease to 89 percent and the second quarter off 6 percent at 83 percent

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello cited various reasons for the lower turnover percentage on the truckload side, with a forward-looking approach to what may be in store for 2017.

  • “Since the end of the third quarter (2016), we have seen signs that we may be reaching the end of the poor inventory cycle that has driven a lot of the weakness in the freight economy, so we may see turnover rates rebound in the months to come. Despite the falling turnover rate, carriers continue to report difficulty finding well-qualified drivers, a problem that will not only persist, but which will get worse as the freight economy improves.”

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Your APU Weight Exemption Guide

Auxiliary Power Units (often referred to as APU’s) are used by truckers to limit fuel use, since they eliminate the need to run their trucks engines on idle while parked. But seeing as they usually weigh a few hundred pounds, they may be a problem for drivers who routinely carry close to the maximum weight limits. With the president’s latest expansion of the MAP-21 bill dealing with state-by-state APU regulations, this may be confusing to drivers who cross state lines on a steady basis.

This table, put together by Track Your Truck, can aware drivers how much APU weight is exempt in each state.

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