Good News for the Trucking Industry for 2018 and Beyond

What 2018 Looks Like for the Trucking Industry

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.
Technologies changes:
  • 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

  • Diabetes
  • 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!