The US is crying out for more professional drivers.
Taxi drivers, van drivers, tow truck drivers and truck drivers are all in short supply, and the latter are so understaffed that Bloomberg has signaled a trucking crisis.
Of course, this is good news for those looking for a new job – with demand comes opportunities and good wages.
Of course, driving has inherent risks, and being aware of these risks before joining the industry will help you manage them effectively.
Professional driving requires a lot of time on the road and that increases the risk of accidents and injuries.
Whether an injury occurs or not, you can find yourself in hot water when it comes to accidents — USA Today highlights an accident in Texas where a semi-truck collided with a train and the liability that arose in that scenario.
In this case, a good 18 wheel accident attorney would help to ensure that due process is followed and that justice is applied evenly.
Make sure you take the same lesson: get good insurance and access to legal help.
A growth mindset
Fleets across the country are being upgraded to achieve green goals. This is true whether it be Amazon’s Rivian-powered delivery fleet, Uber and Lyft’s hybrid targets, or federal changes like the full electrification of the GSA fleet.
EVs and smart cars are the future and you need to be able to operate them, maintain them and be aware of emerging trends and vehicles that can shape the way you work.
Professional drivers do not necessarily stick to one industry. Semi truck drivers will often look to scale up by moving to full trucking, then downsize again as companies are willing to pay more for talent.
Having a driver’s license with different vehicle classes on it and looking for new skills whenever you can will make you a flexible and valuable driver.
You may also want to consider gaining additional skills – for example, there is good paying work to be done as a driver, which requires more advanced skills than basic driving.
Simply put, there are huge opportunities in professional driving right now.
There just aren’t enough workers willing to get behind the wheel and have a real impact on the labor shortage, and that means the opportunity has been created.