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Truck companies have growing need for quality truck drivers

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Truck companies across the nation are in need of truck drivers, and it could have a negative affect on everybody. The number of drivers retiring and leaving the profession are out numbering those entering. Also, the quality of drivers with commercial driving licenses is diminishing.

The truck driving profession is recently experiencing a 10 percent shortage in drivers who own CDLs. That means there are almost 300,000 drivers that are needed and the number is growing.

Vice President of Critical Services at Central Freight Lines, Jeff Jordan, says people could be impacted by the growing need in this important industry.

"At some point in time, almost everything we touch, everyday, physically. Probably moved by truck at some point in time," Jordan says. "So if there is no drivers to move those trucks, those goods sit and we will experience shortages and or higher prices amongst many many industries."

Truck driving companies also have to face tough federal regulations when it comes to use of drivers thus that is another reason why more drivers are needed. But despite the growing need, truck driving companies aren't just hiring anyone to drive their trucks.

Truck drivers say they have to endure several challenges while on the road, but at the same time freight moving companies also face issues when it comes to paying these drivers what they are worth.

The competition is stiff when it comes to the need of truck drivers, especially in Texas. Oil companies and several business have their own trucks they use to move shipments.

"The economy hasn't been as slow in Texas as it has in the rest of the country. Unemployment rates are down, so you are competing with a lot of other industries," Jordan said. "The energy field for instance uses a tremendous amount of drivers."

Truck driving can take a toll on the mental and the emotional well-being of drivers.

"It's not an easy lifestyle choice from an occupation sense. It's difficult. A lot of these guys, men and women, are away from home for extended lengths of time depending where you work and what type of driving you do," Jordan said. "The challenges of the road, driving in the weather. There is a lot of challenges to this job. It is not easy."

James Evans of the American Truck Driving School in Elm Mott says you can notice those drivers who have the skill and passion to drive trucks professionally.

"Some people can do it, some people can't. This is not for everyone," Evans said. "Driving these trucks is a hard task. It takes that special type of person to control these trucks."

A lot of attention to detail and dedication is also required.

"Typical truck driver is many times more aware of the cars and vehicles around him or her than those vehicles are aware of that truck," Jordan said. "You look for that person that is going to be dedicated to the job and don't just see it as a passing job, but as a profession."

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