Driver Solutions Presents the “State of Trucking 2017”

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The "State of Trucking 2017" infographic breaks down the current and future state of one of the most overlooked industries in the country.

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Designed to help show the current state and future forecast of trucking, this piece breaks down the economic state of trucking, while also diving into one of the industry's greatest issues - the driver shortage.

The transportation industry provides millions of people an income each year. In fact, truck driving is the most popular job in 29 states. Yet, this industry remains one of the most forgotten about sectors in the United States.

It could be due to the misunderstanding and negative stereotypes pertaining to truck drivers that exist out there. Oftentimes, the positive impact trucking has on our country simply doesn’t get the amount of attention it deserves. Take a look around, and almost everything you see was at one point being transported to or from a factory, warehouse, store, or home, by means of a truck.

To raise awareness of just how vital the trucking industry is to our way of life, Driver Solutions created the “State of Trucking 2017”. Designed to show the current state and future forecast of trucking, this piece breaks down the economics of trucking, while also diving into one of the industry’s greatest issues - the driver shortage.

Truck drivers are running more miles and hauling more freight than ever, in part because of the shortage. It's been a growing issue in the industry for years, and much of the it can be attributed to an aging workforce. The average age of a truck driver is 49, and many of them are now retiring. This, combined with a lack of qualified drivers and other general industry turnover, has some projections showing a need for 100,000 drivers heading into in 2017.

To combat the growing shortage, many transportation companies are changing their ways. To get new drivers started in the industry, some companies offer programs that not only give aspiring drivers free CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) training, but also a job opportunity after completion.

Additionally, trucking companies are improving benefits such as home time and retirement plans, introducing safe driver and performance related incentives, and creating various first-year career advancement opportunities to help retain its drivers.

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About Driver Solutions

Specializing in CDL training for new truck drivers, Driver Solutions has helped thousands of people enter the trucking industry over the past 25 years. A career in trucking offers many unemployed, underemployed, or displaced workers an opportunity to earn up to $50,000 along with sign-on bonuses and comprehensive benefit plans in just their first year on the road. Driver Solutions provides company-sponsored CDL training through partnerships with trucking companies such as PAM Transport. To learn more about company-sponsored CDL training, visit the Driver Solutions website at

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