It’s estimated that the trucking industry will be short 150,000 drivers by 2024. Experts are asking for a change now in order to combat the shortage. Trucking companies already offer higher pay per mile, sign-on bonuses, and health or retirement benefits to attract more drivers. Now, they’re looking to hire from a younger pool of applicants.
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Paying attention in class isn’t fun. It’s just not. The allure of the open road or the desire to get out of an office or classroom was the reason for getting a CDL. But, you find yourself in a classroom. Listening to someone explain things that may seem too obvious or too complicated… And you start to tune out. This can feel natural. Maybe you already know this material and you don’t need to hear it for the thousandth time. Or you got lost right off the bat and don’t want the embarrassment of asking a question. But great drivers are the ones that are always learning.
Figuring out how to pay for school can often be a time-consuming and stressful process. Finances should never keep someone from starting a career they want. Fortunately, at United States Truck Driving School, cost doesn’t have to hold anyone back. We have multiple tuition assistance options for students interested in earning their CDL, including loans, reimbursements, carrier sponsorships, and more.
CDL training will come with a lot of information for prospective truck drivers, and all of it is important. If you’re not careful, certain attitudes and actions may limit your growth in the transportation industry. They may even cause you to fail if you’re not careful. Adopt these practices to make the most of your CDL training.
Many industries – including trucking – are looking forward to what the new year will hold for their industry. While changes do not suddenly happen just because of a new year, very few years are the same and trends come and go in any industry. The same goes for trucking. So, what can we expect in trucking in 2019?
One of the most important things to consider when starting over-the-road driving is how to make life more comfortable during those times away from home. With phones becoming a lifeline for people, the multitude of apps available has allowed for an easier time on the road, controlling everything from entertainment to daily tasks.
As we come up on a new year it means that many people will start making their New Year’s Resolutions. Many people’s resolutions will include furthering their career or improving their earning potential. This is a great new goal and the new year is a great time to start working towards that goal.
Once you go to school and complete your CDL training, starting as an Over-The-Road (OTR) truck driver can be the long-term key to getting a gig driving commercial trucks more locally in the future.
Going back to school as an adult is a big decision. Making that decision means asking some questions for yourself. Is it worth the time and effort? Can I afford it? Is it easier to just get by with my current job? Are there other opportunities available to me?
If your military service is ending and you’re looking for a new career, don’t dismiss the trucking industry. Not only are your military skills transferable, but as a veteran, you may be eligible to use funding through the Veterans Administration to start your career in the civilian workforce.