The U.S. is currently facing a truck driver shortage. There are larger numbers of drivers leaving than new drivers entering the workforce. We’ll fill you in on what’s happening in the transportation industry and why fewer people are taking jobs as truckers.
Trucker Driver Retention at All-Time Low
We don’t have precise figures with respect to machine transport carriers. However, the American Trucking Association estimated that by the end of 2021 there will be a shortage of over 80,000 workers. Carriers and line haul shippers are even offering signing bonuses for new recruits and paying raises for current drivers. It’s still not enough to offset the loss of much-needed, highly qualified drivers.
Cause of Truck Driver Shortage
Why is it so difficult to fill a job that doesn’t require a college degree? The answer is simple: Truckers have a hard life. Being on the road 24/7 means little time at home with family. In fact, divorce rates among truckers are quite high, with estimates at 19.5%.
Truck drivers are also at a higher risk of health problems, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is due to the long hours of sitting with little opportunity for movement. Furthermore, their meals consist of what’s available at greasy spoons and truck stops. The average weight of a truck driver, by the way, is 240 pounds.
As far as a driver’s income goes, the annual average salary is $40,000 to $80,000, which is above average. Even with the above-average pay, the stress just isn’t worth it for many people.
Appreciate the Driver Behind the Wheel
We share this news to inform you of what’s happening in the industry. The stats apply to all drivers, including LTL and trailer operators. Machine Transport understands the truck driver shortage and would like to take this moment to acknowledge the country’s hard-working truckers. Contact us today to have your trucking questions answered.
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