If You Have Concerns About Starting Your Trucking Career Now... Take A Look At This

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Old School's Comment
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You should never ask a recruiter a speculative question. Stick with facts about the company or the specific job you're interested in. Don't try to get them to predict the future.

Have you ever seen a train without an engineer? I don't know why you should be concerned about a truck with no driver. Autonomous trucks are a long ways off. Driverless trucks seem unlikely for a really long time.

Xnihilo's Comment
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Hi Banks and Old School, Yeah, I can't see it totally for the time I'll be into trucking (10-15 years or so). I was just surprised that a recruiter would have that attitude toward gaining a potential employee. Came across as discouraging, for sure. However, it won't discourage me.

Keith A.'s Comment
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There're a half dozen warehouses that broke ground and fired up construction around the beginning of this year along my normal routes, so people are still dropping money on new builds in Denver. At the same time there's been a lot of space left vacant in older (but not *old*) buildings for months or even years now.

Mike H.'s Comment
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My company has 50 new Volvos arriving this month

Xnihilo's Comment
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What company if I may ask?

My company has 50 new Volvos arriving this month

Don's Comment
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As many foreigner's (I see at receivers) who can barely speak/comprehend English, I doubt there will be a "driver shortage" anytime soon. There is a reason these immigrants are able to get jobs.

Xnihilo's Comment
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As many foreigner's (I see at receivers) who can barely speak/comprehend English, I doubt there will be a "driver shortage" anytime soon. There is a reason these immigrants are able to get jobs.

I thought there is a driver shortage now.

PackRat's Comment
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No, there is a qualified, professional driver shortage. Plenty of boneheads, sloths, and steering wheel holders out here.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I thought there is a driver shortage now.

There's a shortage of experienced safe drivers that can get the job done. In the grand scheme it isn't hard to get a CDL and land a job. Its difficult to perform at the highest level (what we consider Top tier drivers) and do so while staying committed to safety and doing so legally. Far too many people think that because they hear there's a shortage of drivers they can come fresh out of a school with the ink still wet on their CDL and demand top pay and perks a top tier driver enjoys. That's far from reality and they tend to jump ship quickly when they aren't treated like royalty before they've even turned their first solo mile.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Xnihilo's Comment
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Ah! I see.

Thanks for clearing that up, Rob and Rat.

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