2018 will bring some changes to the trucking industry. Most are positive changes, but changes in CDL requirements in some states may change the number of drivers that can obtain a license.
Let us begin with a quick overview of 2017:
- Freight volume grew 2.8 %.
- Truckers moved 10.73 billion tons of freight.
- Trucking companies generated $719 billion in revenue.
- The average salary for truck drivers increased 7.8 %.
The ATA report projects positive growth overall for the next 5 years.
- Increased revenue for trucking companies.
- Increased salaries for drivers.
- Increases in the amount of freight hauled.
- The number of truck driving jobs will increase 6%.
Factors that contribute to projected growth:
- Increased sales from online retailers like Amazon.
- Lower fuel prices.
- Reliability of service.
- Economic growth.
- Increased food production.
- Oil and gas production in the United States.
- Small business growth.
- Lower interest rates on education loans, increase the availability of training.
- Developing technology makes driving a truck safer than ever.
- Improved GPS satellite mapping, and navigation systems.
- Improved vehicle systems.
Changes in CDL requirements:
New Medical requirements for CDL Licensure, make it more important than ever to take care of your health. CDL license in some states will now require screenings for
- Sleep Apnea
- High Blood Pressure
Healthy diet and exercise are the keys to good health.
Eating healthy on the road may be difficult at times, but leave those twinkies on the shelf.
- Try to reduce dietary fat.
- Decrease caffeine intake.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Try to get regular exercise.
If you have any questions, or you would like more information on a career as truck driver please contact us. We want to help you get on the road!