The current trucking industry is facing a bloodbath. Since before the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the trucking industry has been stuck between a rock and a hard place. Well, things have gotten drastically worse.
The trucking industry has now seen the highest job loss per month since the great depression. On top of that, the previous trucking crisis only adds fuel to the fire.
The trucking crisis has actually been going on for quite some time. Prior to 2019, the industry faced a hard challenge. Long-standing and skilled drivers starting to reach the age of retirement would soon leave a large whole in the industry.
The trucking industry is a tough gig. From the long hours away from home to the inherent dangers of the road, trucking has become less of an ideal position for many. While the skilled drivers were leaving, the industry did not have enough new recruits to fill the gaps. While many still enter the workforce, the necessary hiring to keep businesses afloat is starting to drastically dwindle.
The drivers who have maintained their position during this global crisis are finding some conditions easier, while other conditions have drastically worsened.
Less commuters have made the roads statistically safer. While many are still staying at home, this leaves the roads drastically more open. This also decreases the level of potential accidents, lowers traffic jams and truckers are able to get from one place to another more quickly.
This isn’t to say the commuters still on the road are good drivers. Many still feel the need to practice the wrong driving precautions and continue to drive recklessly.
Another issue for truckers is the long hours. Since COVID-19 hit the US, many have had to go above and beyond the typical line of duty that they typically face. Many work 14+ hours to make up for the lack of drivers currently filling employment gaps. Unfortunately, the hours will become even more grueling as the US slowly opens itself back up.