Not as glamorous as once pictured by Hollywood. For many truck drivers trucking is a last resort- A lonely and arduous low paying occupation and simply a means to an end. Those that still aspire to become truck drivers are met with many hard facts and statistics like the high turnover rate in the industry, and advancing technology threatening their very livelihood.
Turnover at large for-hire fleets hauling freight by the truckload — the backbone of the industry — runs an astonishing 80 percent a year, according to a trade group. Looming over the horizon is a future in which self-driving trucks threaten to eliminate many drivers’ livelihoods.