5 Reasons Why Truckers Quit Their Jobs

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Written by Mike Skliar

For many years now, the trucking industry has been trying to solve the problem of a driver shortage. But there is an opinion that this is not the real problem at all but in the retention of drivers in the companies. According to the ATA’s information, the average annual truckers turnover rate in big trucking companies can be greater than 90%. So better understanding of why truckers leave can help fleet managers to solve driver retention issues.

Not enough pay

There is no doubt that pay is always at the top of the list. Drivers want competitive rates, enough miles, and great compensation for the long hours they spend waiting for their loads. But as strange as it sounds, a lot of truckers quit their jobs for non-money-related issues.

Not satisfied with their home time

The problem is not only that drivers spend little time at home with their loved ones. Many of them complain that they cannot plan their home time and when drivers finally get home they can’t stay there long enough. And of course, nobody likes forced dispatch when companies push truckers to take loads. For 41% of drivers, more time at home is a huge priority. 

Not happy with Supervisor and Dispatcher

In the workplace, relationships are really important. Therefore, if the driver feels a disrespectful, rude, condescending attitude towards himself, he will look for a new company to work with. It is important for the truck driver to be listened to so together with the supervisor they can reach common ground. Managers must be able to resolve conflicts, including between the driver and the dispatcher.

Insufficient Insurance

Driving a truck is one of the most dangerous jobs across the United States. It is important for any trucker to feel that the company cares about his safety and provides sufficient commercial truck insurance. Otherwise, in the event of an accident, the driver may find himself in a deplorable financial situation.

Not feel appreciated

For a lot of truckers, it is important to feel positive feedback from customers and be part of the culture of the company. It helps them feel valued. If they do not enjoy their work, but at the same time face many problems, low wages, poor equipment, and disrespectful attitude from the management, it makes drivers feel it isn’t worth their effort.

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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