America has a massive shortage of truck drivers. Joyce Brenny, head of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, increased driver pay 15 percent this year to try to attract more drivers. Many of her drivers now earn $80,000, she says, yet she still can’t find enough people for the job.
About 51,000 more drivers are needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country, according to the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it’s likely to get worse in the coming years.
Heather Long, Washington Post
Published: May 29, 2018Updated: May 30, 2018 at 08:53 AM
A quick overview why the Government is costing you more to ship.
Don’t low ball your customer to ship or you will be taking it out of your pocket.
Effective December 18th 2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) (Government) established standards for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). An ELD is electronic hardware that connects to a truck’s engine to automatically log hours of service (HOS). Regulating a driver’s hours of driving service is to help prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue. Drivers have until December 18th, 2017 to implement use of ELDs or park it.
Alabama produces less than 5% of the nation’s total crops, including cotton that is still an important crop. Other crops are peanuts, corn for grain and are all grown in Alabama but when it comes to flatbed shipping drivers have to remember that Alabama has some of the most dangerous highways in the United States better known as Alabama’s ‘Highway to Hell and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released their annual report naming Alabama’s ‘Highway to Hell’ one of the world’s most dangerous Highways.
Truck drivers don’t have an easy lifestyle because it’s physically tiring with long days, long waits for loading and unloading, and the constant adjustments looking and booking loads. A good broker or freight consultant understand the person in front of the load is the most important person and should be paid top dollar for that service, same day.
Let me go through the different types of flatbeds and how we can determine what an overall rate for a shipment should cost. This information should be used as a base line and not an actual rate.
Mileage is the factor in your total cost, however not all freight lanes cost the same. Cost also depends on freight volumes in and out of the area you choose. Texas and Florida for example consumes more than it produces so there is more freight going into Florida and Texas then are coming out of Florida and Texas. So, it costs more to ship a truck into Florida or Texas then out. Most Brokers and Truckers use and online program like Power DAT as guide to assist with state to state rate costs that include fuel and tolls.