Current Truck Driver
The trucking industry turnover rate was
87% in 2017.
Current shortage is
If trends remain the same, the truck driver shortage could be
330,000 by 2024.
REASONS FOR THE TRUCK DRIVER SHORTAGE
Truck driving requires long and abnormal hours of work.
The majority of truck drivers are within a decade of retirement.
Younger drivers are not replacing old workers.
Truck Shortage and Distracted Driving
Increased distractions like texting-while-driving, Bluetooth, streaming videos, etc. are available to truck drivers.
Driver distraction is a top concern for truck drivers and regular motorists.
Inattentive driving is a side effect of increased hours and less sleep.
EFFECTS OF TRUCK DRIVER SHORTAGE ON TRAFFIC SAFETY
Younger or unqualified drivers hired to offset the shortage are a risk on the road.
Truck drivers are working longer hours with less sleep.
Malfunction or Accident
Fewer drivers require more trips per driver and truck, resulting in increased wear-and-tear.