It’s not a surprise that both small and big trucking companies are experience a shortage of truck drivers, but other trends are causing increased challenges.
As older drivers retire, it not only causes a shortage in drivers in general, but a shortage in experienced drivers. Younger drivers don’t bring the same experience to the industry.
Driving plays an important role, as a driver is required to interact with customers and collect important information. Account maintenance is part of the job itself.
Company-owned trucking operations may lease semi-tractors and purchase trailers, but when a company has its own tractors, there is a guaranteed quality of service.
The American Trucking Association estimated a shortage of 35,000 to 40,000 drivers. The shortage, along with the cost per mile and hour, will have a negative impact on companies.
Despite the challenges, technology can make a difference. Tests are underway for cars and trucks to operate without drivers, but the new technology data must be analyzed before such mechanics are built.
Pallet Enterprises, August 1 2016, Tim Cox