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The trucker shortage is fueled by a misconception
that the job is only for low-skilled people,
who endure poor working conditions, says expert

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 11/28/2021 1:50:45 PM

A false perception of truck drivers' experiences and working conditions is fueling the ongoing truck-driver shortage, according to an expert. Tra Williams, CEO of FleetForce, a Florida-based truck-driving school, told Insider: "The problem is the perception that trucking is for people of low skill, low education, who are OK with low wages. All three are factually incorrect." In the US, there is a shortage of around 80,000 truck drivers, Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, recently told CNN. Insider previously reported that, like other workers across the US, truckers are leaving their jobs in search of


Who is fueling the false misconception? Liberals like to throw around the term 'poorly educated' if you don't have one of their prissy degrees.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: 3XALADY 11/28/2021 1:56:40 PM (No. 991141)
Just an observation - I stopped at a local truck stop recently to get Popeye's chicken for lunch and of all the drivers I saw pulling in, leaving or coming in to eat at the different fast foods, only a couple were white. The rest of them were black. I was surprised.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: RobertJ984 11/28/2021 2:13:11 PM (No. 991154)
#1 Why would that surprise you? I drove for twenty years, and 5 years of it, I was an over the road instructor. I trained all creeds and colors. My only "bias" was if they were safe or not. If they paid attention and learned. I failed many that were book smart, but had no clue what the job entailed. Guys would watch Smokey and the Bandit on Saturday night, and then go sign up to drive a truck on Monday morning.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 11/28/2021 2:16:21 PM (No. 991156)
#2... Likely surprised that they were actually working and not looting and burning... or don't you watch the news.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rush Was Right 11/28/2021 2:29:25 PM (No. 991161)
Driving a truck is an honest job, and can be very demanding. It can also pay well if you work hard. It's the limousine liberals who scoff at the very people they pretend to represent driving this perception.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bad-hair 11/28/2021 2:32:12 PM (No. 991163)
Look ... You can do it or you can't. If you're sober and single you can. If you can tolerate the time away from home ... you can. I spent 25 YEARS married on ships at sea for months at a time. I was well paid eventually. Our US Navy members, married, spend more time at sea not as well paid. Cry me a river novice truckers.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: westsnoop 11/28/2021 2:38:48 PM (No. 991168)
I recently retired after 40 years behind the wheel. I was lucky enough to drive for a midwest grocery superstore chain. As a company driver, I did pretty well, and was home everyday. Most drivers are not so lucky. Low pay, especially considering the massive amounts of time it can take to get loaded and unload, The quoted person in the story is trying to sell her school, not reporting reality.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici 11/28/2021 2:44:22 PM (No. 991172)
#2 it probably surprised them because only 11-12% of the population is black. Therefore it is surprising to see a profession, other than professional athlete, dominated (by the numbers) by blacks. One would expect the percentage of black truckers to resemble that of the population in general (probably somewhat higher than that because the barriers to entry into similar paying professions are higher). Based on what I know, I would expect black truckers to be about 25% of all truckers.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: ASU86PE 11/28/2021 2:55:54 PM (No. 991179)
Nobody wants to be so used by those who take money for themselves in government, i.e., Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer,...
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Reply 9 - Posted by: bgarrett 11/28/2021 3:20:39 PM (No. 991191)
Tra Williams, the "Expert" who is NOT a truck driver wants real truck drivers to drive 13 hours a day and are only off work for 3, sometimes 4 days a month. Who wants that job???
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 11/28/2021 3:28:09 PM (No. 991194)
Trucking is one of the most responsible and mental intensive occupations on the planet. Perhaps being a teacher is worse. I dare anybody to drive a big rig like these 8 hours per day, rain, sleet, snow or shine, or dark and remain accident-free. And the back of their tractor is their home away from home. Or even better, how about driving a gasoline tank truck to gas stations on busy freeways for a living and remain accident-free. Or even better yet, guess who kept the supply chain moving last year and now during this pandemic so that your grocery store is well-stocked. When you get a chance, go to a truck stop and hug some truckers. Men and women both. They work their arses off for us.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHHolliday 11/28/2021 3:30:58 PM (No. 991195)
I saw a sign on the back of one of our carpet mill's big trucks that said "Now hiring drivers. $80,000 plus per year". Doesn't sound too bad but it's a tough job compared to most others.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: columba 11/28/2021 3:37:36 PM (No. 991200)
A truck driver (with 4 years on the road) stopped by my Orthodox church (on I80) last week. He has a BA, MA and PhD as well as a wife.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: chance_232 11/28/2021 3:37:54 PM (No. 991201)
I had a whole new appreciation for truckers after driving a 25' Ryder, towing a 26' cabin cruiser cross country. I also work in a lot of different environments and see these guys maneuvering rigs through back streets, parking lots, distribution centers and I amazed. I couldn't do their jobs any better than most could do mine. Neither profession requires a degree, but both require skills that can't be taught in a classroom.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Vaquero45 11/28/2021 3:39:50 PM (No. 991204)
One of my old hunting buddies was a long-distance trucker. He never set foot in a college classroom but I swear, life on the road had made him a psychologist. I heard more good advice about life’s problems from him than anyone else I knew. He could rebuild an engine, weld, fix plumbing, reload his own ammunition, and remodel a house. He wasn’t without his own troubles; his first wife told him just before they divorced that he could find his way to anywhere except home, and his second wife died while he was on a trip. But, he never let anything get him down for very long. He showed me a few driving tricks, and a few things about big trucks. He made a very good living as a trucker, but would be the first to tell you that it’s not for everyone. He stopped after 47 years because he could, and he never looked back. I never think of truck drivers as dumb.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: 3XALADY 11/28/2021 3:44:41 PM (No. 991208)
Forgive second post. I just commented on the number of black drivers because I am used to seeing, on Hwy. 70, drivers being white with white or gray hair, realizing they have been on the road for years. My older brother had a small trucking company and I'm aware of the hazards and work it entails. One time a driver called, said my rig is on so and so parking lot in LA and I quit so he had to retrieve, driving from Missouri. He told me of delivering in the French Quarter where so many streets are one way and very difficult to get in and out of. I know much of the time he drove for P&G from St. Louis to Kansas City. It is a hard life and I bow to all of you who do such a good job of it. Thank you for your many miles.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Califedup 11/28/2021 3:58:40 PM (No. 991215)
Once again it is all our fault that there is a shortage of truckers. How about the insane environmental rules, high fuel prices, federal mandates of driving hours, etc., etc. Guess that has nothing at all to do with the trucking shortage instead it is being caused by us dummies "misconceptions". More commie BS propaganda crap. Remember fellow citizens, every single thing be it high fuel shortages and prices, food shortages, lockdowns, riots, high crime, huge drug problems, swamped by illegal aliens, stolen elections, insane high taxes, mentally ill people who think they are a different sex in positions of power, 80% of black children without a father, racial violence against white, asian, and hispanic people, the destruction of our armed forces, and a coup installed, incontinent, racist, drooling F Joe Biden in our White House is all your fault. All of it. And don't forget it!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: smokincol 11/28/2021 5:15:47 PM (No. 991269)
you can't be low skilled and drive 18 wheels, it just isn't happening. these guys and women who drive over the road are very intelligent people who have chosen a job that involves a lot of freedom and very good money.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: ThreeBadCats3 11/28/2021 5:58:27 PM (No. 991303)
As a talk-radio dependent, I’ve been depressed since the remarkable humor and wisdom of Rush departed. His replacements try hard, but just don’t have the knack, so far anyway. I doubt that anyone ever will. But Rush recognized and appreciated the wisdom of Truckers, who are much better informed than the average spoiled and woke college grad who learned nothing for his parent’s dimes. Truckers can be annoying, of course, but how else can you do a nearly impossible job?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: OK state mom 11/28/2021 6:12:06 PM (No. 991309)
#1, 16 I've lived "right off" Hwy 70 in Oklahoma most of my adult life. I get what you are saying.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 11/28/2021 7:09:33 PM (No. 991350)
Trucks use fossil fuels, and liberals hate fossil fuels. Trucks are destroying the planet, and we can't have that. the left would kill off most of the truck industry, and damn the consequences.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: seal010101 11/28/2021 7:36:40 PM (No. 991373)
I would love to be an over-the-road trucker except I could never back a split-rig into some of the tight spaces I've seen the best of them do. They can thread a needle with a 53' trailer!
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Reply 22 - Posted by: JHHolliday 11/28/2021 10:29:09 PM (No. 991500)
I drove a bulk chicken feed truck for a couple of years in my teens. No 18 wheeler but big enough that you had to know what you we’re doing. Think about no truck drivers delivering and the big blue cities would descend in anarchy and chaos. That’s ok according to Hillary...truck drivers are just another group of deplorables to her.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: texaspast 11/28/2021 11:08:12 PM (No. 991529)
Liberal dummies (and some not so liberal) seem to think that if you put an ad out that says 'truck driver wanted', a whole bunch of people who've never driven anything more than a volkswagen will suddenly say 'hey! I want to go drive a truck!' and sign right up. They'll be out on the road next week, right? You don't just 'decide' to be a truck driver. It takes skill, training and experience. Lots of all three. Having had a little experience hauling oilfield pipe to workover locations many years ago (I was driving a c. 1962 Diamond Reo, if that may tell you HOW long ago - although the truck was old even then) I can say that I would never have made it as a long-haul interstate trucker.
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