Greatwide recently asked truck drivers what the biggest myths are surrounding their profession. We sifted through dozens of responses and combed through trucking industry facts to discredit several falsehoods that have plagued this industry for decades.
- Truckers are the cause of most accidents on the road. The United States Department of Transportation reports that on average, truck driving accidents account for 2.4% of all car accidents. Truckers are three times less likely to be involved in an accident than a regular motor vehicle. More than 75% of all accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle.
- Truck drivers are rich/poor. Truck drivers make anywhere from $34,000 to $68,000 annually, depending on where they live, who they drive for, and how many miles they drive. The top five highest-paying states for truck drivers are Mississippi, Wyoming, New York, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. The national median annual pay rate for truck drivers is $44,389. Indeed.com reports that the average pay rate for a fleet owner / owner operator is $98,000. However, owner / operators and fleet owners owning more than one truck can earn much more, depending on their business savvy.
- Drivers don’t work hard. Just because a driver sits inside a cab most of the day does not make this job easy. It requires a huge amount of focus, motivation, concentration, and discipline. Often a driver must maneuver his truck through perilous conditions, bad weather, and congested traffic to reach a business or place before a certain deadline. Drivers must keep an accurate logbook, know details about their load, and be prepared for unexpected and even hazardous events.
- All truck drivers are men. It’s true that the majority of drivers are male, but women drivers have been increasing in numbers. There are now over 200,000 female truck drivers in America.
- Truck drivers don’t spend any time at home. Drivers can choose from a couple of options that will dictate where they spend most of their working hours. Greatwide offers dedicated runs so drivers can know when they will be home and plan accordingly.
- Many truck drivers have substance-abuse issues. Many drivers are regularly drug tested to ensure that they are operating their trucks safely. In fact, federal law mandates that at least 50% of drivers take drug tests. If a driver fails a drug or alcohol test, the companies they work for face up to $825,000 in fines, so you can be sure companies are employing the most honest, reputable drivers. In fact, a driver cannot be hired if he has a prior conviction of driving under the influence or has committed a drug-related crime.
What are some myths you’ve heard about truck drivers?