Internet sales are fueling high demand for cross-country shipping, while many don’t have an interest in a career driving a semi truck. 18 to 21 year-olds’ may soon get the right to drive 18-wheelers. Learn more.
Would you trust your 18-year-old behind the wheel of 80,000 pounds of metal and cargo?
That’s what some trucking industry leaders and lawmakers want.
The trucking industry currently has a shortage of 51,000 drivers. And this, despite many truckers routinely making $42,000 or more per year.
What’s causing the shortage?
The Washington Post surveyed dozens of drivers ranging from 4 months to 40 years of experience. And they found what you’d expect. Drivers don’t like:
They rarely see their family
Other drivers, the police, and retailers give them little respect
They sit all day, can’t find healthy food, and put on lots of weight
Their risk of divorce goes sky high
The pay isn’t that good if you adjust […]