New survey shows the benefits and challenges of the trucking profession

Truckstop has released new research revealing the benefits and challenges of the trucking profession in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17.

BOISE, Idaho — In a recent survey of 500 U.S. truckers, 67 percent said they felt their work was valued; however, this sentiment is down from last year’s high of 96% at the height of supply and transportation challenges resulting from the pandemic.

The new data comes from Truckstop’s latest survey, which was designed to reveal the benefits and challenges of the trucking profession in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week which runs from September 11-17.

In addition, the investigation revealed the following:

  • 90% of U.S. truck drivers surveyed said they use software/technology to help with back office tasks (e.g. billing, insurance, IFTA reporting, etc.) and 38% said they use a mobile app to schedule daily charging.
  • 83% of U.S. truck drivers say they face daily challenges with recent fuel price increases, and nearly three-quarters (74%) say they are concerned about pressure to work longer hours due to driver shortages.
  • 67% of U.S. truck drivers surveyed believe compensation levels are high enough to attract new drivers and keep experienced carriers from leaving, and just over 61% of respondents believe they benefit positively from fluctuating market rates in cash.
  • 68% of respondents say they find it difficult to keep up to date 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 had a positive impact on their income and they made up to 24% more money. and more than 72% of respondents said they find factoring an effective way to get paid.

“Every day we appreciate the unwavering commitment of our country’s truckers to move the country forward and we are grateful for the sacrifices they make day in and day out,” said Kendra Tucker, CEO of Truckstop.

Truckstop/Roady Rockstars of the Road Appreciation Events

For the second year in a row, Truckstop is recognizing those who help deliver consumer goods by hosting trucker appreciation booths at three Roady truck stops/affiliates across the country. Truckers can stop at participating locations to receive free lunch, fuel gift cards, die-cast trucks and Truckstop-branded merchandise while supplies last.

  • Monday, September 12: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Fontana Truck Stop, 14264 Valley Blvd., Fontana, CA.
  • Wednesday, September 14: 12-2 p.m. at On the Run Travel Center, 10026 South Eisenman Road, Boise, Idaho.
  • Friday, September 16: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baker Truck Corral, 515 Campbell St., Baker City, Oregon.

For more information on how Truckstop is celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, visit https://truckstop.com/rockstars.

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