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What's Up with All the Trucker Turnover?

The trucking industry has one of the highest turnover rates of any industry, coming in at a whopping 80 to 90 percent - according to the American Trucking Association. But why?

Is it “keep-on-rolling” mentality that has all those truckers jumping from one company to the next? No matter how dangerous it may be or what the time constraints are for delivery, many truckers fall victim to the charms of the “hot load.” But hey, who doesn’t want more money? Well, have you ever heard the phrase "more money, more problems?”

This is one of those situations. This load is also so hot that you must get it there - yesterday! Call Marty McFly, Doc Brown and fire up the DeLorean, because it’s time to move this “hot load” and fast.

Let’s say you move the load, and while you were so focused on getting through the rush hour traffic and racing at a break-neck pace - you operate your truck unsafely - GASP! Now you’re stuck with speeding violations, maybe you have been pulled over and had to have a delightful little conversation with a DOT officer! Was it worth it? Probably not.

Imagine going through all that to show up with the load, on time, and have the shipper tell you that he was expecting it to be delivered the following afternoon. But hey- risking life and limb while challenging all posted speed limits to deliver loads is what life is all about, isn’t it? No, no, never- it totally isn’t!

Don’t be fooled by brokers and shippers, their tricks like the “hot load,” are what is best for their pockets, not yours. Safety violations and fines can add up and that’s nothing compared to the cost of your medical bills if you get into an accident. Not to mention your truck’s repair shop visits, yeah those aren’t cheap! It’s safe to say the money may not always be worth the trouble, especially if the delivery time constraints are pushing you into the danger zone. If any of this sounds like you, and you’re tired of pulling pop and stops just to keep a “hot load” out of your crosshairs, then talk to our friends at Drive Logistics.

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