Most people understand that the transportation industry is a vital part of our economy, but there is much more to trucking. Explore the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about trucking below.
What is the demand for truck drivers?
The demand for truck drivers is always high, but in recent years, it has been higher than ever. Right now America has a massive trucking shortage with more than 51,000 trucking positions needing to be filled.
Will self-driving trucks eliminate the need for truckers?
Autonomous vehicles have been in development in recent years, but there is a long way to go before these trucks are able to make a full trip themselves. Additionally, self-driving trucks will most likely still need someone in the cab. These new technology developments are tools that will bring benefits in the areas of safety, the environment, productivity, efficiency, and driver health and wellness and should not be considered as replacements for truckers.
Is truck driving a hard job?
For most drivers, the physical aspect of the job is manageable, but there is also the lifestyle change to consider. Drivers are required to spend long hours behind the wheel while being away from home and dealing with irregular sleep patterns. Truck driving is a demanding, but rewarding career.
What makes truck driving different from other jobs?
Truck driving is different than most jobs because it isn’t just a career, it’s a lifestyle. Most jobs you get to go home after a shift, or even have weekends off, but trucking is a 24/7 commitment that can keep you away from home for extended periods of time.
What is an ELD?
An ELD is an electronic logging device. It synchronizes with a vehicle’s engine to automatically record drive time for easier, more accurate hours of service recording. They are intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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