The Driver Shortage

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The topic of this first blog will be, in my opinion the most important issue within the trucking industry. “THE DRIVER SHORTAGE”. Here are some staggering statistics.

  • The average turnover rate for trucking companies large and small is 96% per year
  • The ATA estimates the driver shortage in the U.S. at 40,000 drivers
  • The average age of a working truck driver in the U.S. is 50 years old
  • Less than 10% of Truck Drivers are women.
  • Majority of Truck Drivers are only home 1-2 times per month for very short periods of time.

The major question on everyone’s mind is. “How do we fix these problems”? Now, I can’t speak for the entire trucking industry. However, I can tell you what Carnes Trucking is doing about it and offer my humble opinions about how the rest of the industry can improve this situation.