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A Look at Some of the Top Concerns of Truck Drivers

A Look at Some of the Top Concerns of Truck Drivers

2020 has not been an easy year to be a trucker. Besides having been a tumultuous election year complete with civil unrest in the streets, coronavirus seemingly changed the way the normal world operates. It’s getting harder and harder to go into a public building and “not wear a mask.” Life is generally harder for everyone and more and more people feel depressed about the state of the world. Ugh.

What are some of the specific truck driving concerns lately?

At the moment things like hours of service and delays at customer facilities concern truckers, but there are also plenty more problems plaguing the industry.

Insurance costs per mile have increased a whopping 18.3 percent over the last five years. Smaller fleets are paying per mile insurance premium costs at three times the rate of larger fleets. Insurance costs have skyrocketed and that’s not good.

What about issues of compliance, safety and accountability? There have been challenges with data quality, peer group assignments and the Crash Preventability Program.

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, many states closed rest areas– as if truck parking wasn’t hard to find before, now it’s even worse! All trucks need to be parked somewhere sometime, right? But what do you do when there’s no place to park? This issue infuriates many truckers. You know it’s bad when you can’t find a place to eat or a place to go to the bathroom.

Driver pay and benefits continue to be a major concern for truckers. There’s a shortage of drivers. Why is that? Truckers tend to think it’s because the pay doesn’t match the work– in other words, drivers need to be better paid, with more benefits. Carriers could do a better job at driver retention efforts.

Want to know the biggest concern for the trucking industry in 2020? It’s the issue of the on-going driver shortage. It’s been the major concern for four years now, but what’s being done? Ask most truckers and they’d tell you, “Not enough.”

Without truckers, people won’t get the products they need to live a normal life. Without truckers, the economy collapses. It will be interesting to see how 2021 goes– and hopefully it’s better than 2020, because 2020 has been the pits.

Whether you’re a truck driver looking for work or you’re a trucking company in need of a reliable driver, the experts at Platinum Drivers are here to help.

Truck Drivers Continue to Keep the Country’s Economy Rolling

Truck Drivers Continue to Keep the Country’s Economy Rolling

A lot of people’s lives changed (for the worse) since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020 and turned the whole world upside down. For many weeks (and, in some cases, months), millions of people barely left their homes. But you know who did? Truckers. They’re the unsung heroes of this pandemic. Truck Drivers Are… Continue Reading

Truck Drivers Are Finally Represented at the Decision Making Table

All too often decisions get made about how to do things based on higher-ups who have no connection to how things are actually done. This is true in most industries, and it’s annoying, right? Well here’s some good news for truckers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a panel of commercial drivers… Continue Reading

Show a Truck Driver Your Gratitude During This Special Week!

Show a Truck Driver Your Gratitude During This Special Week!

Where would we be without truckers? Daily life as we’ve come to know it would stop if truckers stopped trucking. Truckers deliver the goods and resources people want and need in order to live comfortable lives. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 13 – 19th this year. If ever there was a year to… Continue Reading