In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, taking place September 11-17, which is meant to show appreciation for America’s truck drivers, Truckstop today released new research revealing the benefits and challenges of the trucking profession. In a survey of 500 U.S. truck drivers, 67% agree that they feel their job is appreciated. However, this sentiment is down from last year’s high of 96% during the height of supply and transport challenges resulting from the pandemic.
Additionally, the survey revealed the following insights:
- Ninety percent of U.S. truck drivers surveyed¹ said they use software/technology to assist with back office-related tasks (e.g., invoicing, insurance, IFTA reporting, etc.) and thirty-eight said they use a mobile app for load planning every day.
- Eighty-three percent of U.S. truck drivers experience daily challenges with recent increases in fuel prices and almost three quarters (74%) said they are concerned about the pressure to work longer hours due to the driver shortage.
- Sixty-seven percent of U.S. truck drivers surveyed think the pay levels are high enough to attract new drivers and keep veteran carriers from leaving and just over 61% surveyed feel they are benefiting positively from the fluctuating spot market rates.
- Sixty-eight percent surveyed do find it challenging to keep up with insurance-related matters (i.e. keeping insurance up to date) and changing industry regulations.
- Just over a quarter (26%) of U.S. truck drivers surveyed said fluctuating spot market rates have impacted their revenue positively and they are making up to 24% more money and over 72% surveyed said they find factoring an efficient way to get paid.
“Each and every day, we appreciate the unwavering commitment made by our nation’s truck drivers to keeping the country moving and are thankful for the sacrifices they make day in and day out,” said Kendra Tucker, chief executive officer, Truckstop.