According to some of the e-mails we receive, we have noticed many of you are a bit hesitant in regards to choosing truck driving as a career. I have written much about “making sure that truck driving is for you,” which was in regards to a lifestyle that is only for certain people and personality types, nothing to do with fuel prices.
If you are concerned about the fuel prices and job security, then you must know:
There will always be trucking and trucking companies that need truck drivers. Period.
This country depends on trucks to deliver goods more than any other means of transportation. It is the trucking companies and owner operators who are taking the blunt end of the stick, not the company drivers, (as far as fuel prices go anyway). The consumer also takes the beating because fuel surcharges are passed on to the shipper…which means higher prices to the consumer. ( someone has to pay, right?) Drivers still deal with other aspects of company nonsence.
Owner Operators are the ones who are having the most difficult time with high cost of fuel. The only way they can come out of this with any profit is to also increase their surcharge to the shipper, same as the trucking companies. Problem is, this is easier said then done.
One trucking company ( and also others) is attempting to alleviate the high fuel cost for owner operators and fleet owners by paying them a fuel surcharge for both empty and loaded miles. If you think about it, it’s for the benefit of the companies as well as the owner operators and fleet owners. After all, when a trucking company contracts almost 3,000 owner operators and fleet owners across the country, they had better do something to compensate them……….or they won’t have their loads covered.
In the long run, as long as fuel surcharges cover the increased fuel prices, trucking should ( theoretically) go on as usual. The effects of the increased fuel prices, unfortunately, will be felt by the consumer……..in other words……all of us.
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