Today there are two articles posted about trucking. One cites the "Trucking Bloodbath" because 132 drivers are being laid off and the other is about how "hiring is up" in the trucking industry. Well, which is it? The thing is, it is whatever the trucking publication will get more eyes to view it. The real truth is that there are well over 300,000,000 people just in the United States and they all need to buy things, to eat and to travel. Good drivers are always in need in the industry. Sure, 132 drivers got laid off. That does not exactly constitute a bloodbath in an industry of over 1,000,000 drivers. Keep a clean driving record, get your endorsements and learn as many different trailers as you can so you are ready to change what you are doing if you need to do so.
While it is true that trucking is low pay for the hours you put in and it is basically a thankless job, it is none the less a job and a steady paycheck. Even if the company you work for closes suddenly, another truck driving job is right around the corner for those with a good record and experience. It can give you a check for your life. Mostly there is no barrier to those that get older unlike some careers. Heck, there are people that write to me in their 60s just getting into trucking. "Trucking Bloodbath" is just hype to get ad money. Nothing more.
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See you on the road!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.