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Author: Pete Hanley

A clear line has been drawn between automatic and manual transmissions in the trucking industry. Most drivers have strong opinions about which semi transmission is better, with arguments ranging from safety to convenience.

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The driver shortage plaguing the trucking industry has made truck driver turnover a frustrating problem. It is especially difficult when companies continually lose quality drivers. Retaining safe and reliable drivers is a vital part of your overall risk management strategy. You may be wondering why you are losing good drivers, and it’s important to know the answer. Understanding the problem is key  to finding a solution.

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There’s no question about it – the trucking industry is facing a massive driver shortage. Despite competitive pay and generous sign-on bonuses, trucking companies across the country are still having a hard time meeting the current shipping demands created by retailers such as Amazon and Walmart. While desperate times seem to call for desperate measures, skipping a driver road test shouldn’t be one of them.

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The trucking industry is facing a major problem that is putting freight carriers at risk. A severe driver shortage is prompting many trucking companies to recruit and hire whomever they can find – some even making job offers to students who have been in commercial driver’s license (CDL) training for only a matter of days.

This often means that experience and good driving habits aren’t major factors in the hiring process. Before hiring the first available applicant, we urge you to pump the brakes and consider several strategies that could help you find and retain quality drivers. This extra effort can go a long way toward building a stronger fleet and reducing your overall risk.

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