Panel blames driver image for problems fleets have hiring

| December 09, 2013

As reported by Overdrive in October, fleets rank the oft-dubbed driver shortage directly after hours of service regulations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program as issues they say are the most concerning for them and, partly, the industry. 

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What do they see as the main obstacle in finding and hiring drivers? 

According to some fleet representatives and other panel members at a session held on the subject at Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s Fall Symposium last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., driver image could be the biggest issue in attracting new drivers to the field. 

The panel kicked around driver deficit numbers, too, saying the industry on the whole would need to hire 239,000 drivers each year for the next 10 years to keep up with freight demand and to replace the more than 1/3 of drivers (37 percent) on the road today that will retire in the next decade. 

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The panel members agreed the public image of drivers is the biggest obstacle fleets face in pulling new drivers into the field. 

However, Prime Inc.’s John Hancock, director of training and recruiting for the fleet, did say his fleet focuses on maximizing driver and owner-operator income to help the fleet’s drivers view trucking as a good career choice. “People want a good job,” he said, adding good income and opportunity for growth goes along way in fulfilling those needs for many people. 

Click here to see the full coverage of the panel discussion on CCJ.

  • TWade

    Who do you blame for the driver’s image? I blame the companies for failing to have a dress code. Drivers are allowed to walk around dressed like homeless people and some company trucks on the road looks like they have not been washed in weeks if not months. And the way that drivers talk in public places, on the CB, and at shipper/receivers they sound uneducated and with no respect for others. Some drivers smell like it’s been longer for them taking a bath as it been for their tractor being washed. And companies are afraid to say anything because you might lose a warm body.

  • William McKelvie

    Who is on this panel? Pay drivers decent living wages, and you will get decent people. Keep paying them as they get paid now, and you will still see the same results. It’s not rocket science and you don’t need another panel to obtain that result eh? LOL.

  • William Curtin

    Maybe instead of shooting for a ATA that a boy, they could go to bat for us, when the busy bodies are trying to make our lives’ a living hell?

  • Paul Hughes

    Say … how about not treating us like idiots and sub-humans in trucking school, paying us better once you hire us, and uh maybe not making us into ugly ass machines along the way?

  • Tony Scovell

    seems to me my motto has always been you get what you pay for.if you want more quality drivers pay them decent wages an medical an distpatchers quit screwing with the loads give them somthing worth hauling an not expecting them there yesterday.most places you deliver to have enough stock its not going to kill them to wait a little extra time for the load if needed to.most companys make more than enough off these loads or truck lease payments they get they could put out a little more to the drivers.problem is most drivers are afraid to stand up forthere selves for fear of loosing a job.theres a lack of drivers enough out there thatg you could find someone willing to pay you what your worth.

  • Daryl Wirth

    trucking companies need to take a few lessons from the wal-mart fleet

  • Cwbintennessee Michael Winton

    Show me the money.
    Pay me to care.
    Raise freight rates and you will get good service and good drivers.

    it’s that simple.
    The truth hurts. Lol

  • Donald

    I agree that some company should pay better whether to their drivers and or small fleet owners but there is also a lot of “no-good drivers” out there that will be that way no matter how much you pay them.

  • William McKelvie

    Not some, but ALL should pay better. If they cannot negotiate rates to what should be decent money to begin with, and are CUTTING rates like some of the cult following truckers are preaching is a good thing, then they deserve the SLOBS and no good drivers they employ!

  • TWade

    Pay has nothing to do with a driver’s personal hygiene it is caused by plain laziness. Or talking like a uneducated fool in public with their filthy mouth. A increase in pay or better working conditions will leave a company with the opportunity to be selective to whom they hire.

  • Steve Paris

    I don’t think it is a matter of a dress code or wages. Yes, higher wages would be nice, but it will not create self respect. If a driver doesn’t care about their personal appearance now, what is a few cents on the mile going to do.
    That being said, if a driver went to an interview looking like crap & got hired then the company got what they deserved. The individual driver is responsible for their own image. Whether or not a company hires them is the companies problem.
    It shouldn’t be a case of pay me more & I’ll act mature. It should be I have enough pride in myself to look & act like a professional. You can’t blame the companies for a lack of self respect in drivers.
    The truck stops have programs in place for us to take advantage of to keep ourselves clean. If a driver doesn’t chose to use them that is their problem, not the companies.
    It would be very hard to monitor drivers appearance when they are on the road. It would wind up being a system of drivers policing themselves, then we would never get along as we would be afraid of who might tattle to the company about another drivers appearance.

  • Donald

    Do you consider $1,000 to $1,400 per week decent money? As a small fleet owner, I was paying that to two of my drivers [which by the way, was more than they agreed to initially] and they were no good.

  • William McKelvie

    Define what is your term no good. There are lots of descriptions for that. Is that take home pay or after taxes and benefits? Or no benefits?

  • John Scott

    Pay people a professional wage and watch them turn into professionals. The job of the truck driver has turned into the bottom feeder of workers. The end result is your only going to attract people who are desperate and may not pride themselves on how they appear. The flip side to that is companies are willing to over look appearance to fill a drivers seat.

  • Truckerslife.weebly.com

    I find it hilarious that they are blaming driver image as the number one cause. Most of the drivers I have spoken to would say it would actually be the tighter regulations causing the shortage. Before they kicked in I spoke to many of the older truckers – the ones that should be training the newer ones in self respect, and they were being forced out of the industry by the regulations. I personally, have my own views on the situation.

    First of all, the age limit of 21 is preventing the industry from hiring drivers right out of high school. As a result, the high school students are all being driven into colleges rather than being given the option to join a trade such as the trucking industry. Those that do are usually doing so as a second option having failed the first. Is there really a difference between the age of 18 and 21, having not been there that long ago I honestly do not think so.

    The second problem is that drivers are being forced out of the industry in large numbers due to the tight regulation. Drivers make a few small mistakes in their driving whether at home or in their trucks and are driven out of the industry long term or permanently. There is no punishment difference between a trucker that severely hurts somebody and a trucker who has just got a bad truck that fails inspections. Many drivers are failing to meet the health and weight requirements also.

    Yes, there is also a problem with driver image, but this is because lawyers and lawsuits have driven the image of the truck driver into the dirt. Hollywood and other media has also made the trucker look bad by portraying the driver as a mass murdering, crazy, dumb psychopath. The other thing is that there is suddenly a whole new generation of drivers that are entering into the industry that are not suited to it, nor are they being trained properly into the new lifestyle. With many of the older drivers being forced out of the industry many of the trainers training drivers are barely out of the learners seat themselves – this should be something that larger companies are taking into account. Yes they might be able to train a person to drive a truck, but can they train a person to live as a driver should?

    The other thing that needs to be taken into account is despite the large number of drivers leaving the industry and the poor recruiting opportunities, the driver deficeit has actually decreased in recent years due to the economy forcing people out of their comfy desk jobs and into the drivers seat. While a bad economy may be helping ease the deficeit of drivers, it is not a good solution to the problem.

  • Tom T

    You gotta blame somebody. Could not be the companies. I
    find it strange that Teamster outfits with good contracts don`t

    seem to have any problems. There is usually a waiting list.

    Could not be the pay though. Has to be the image, which might have something to do with what you pay. Hmmmm.

  • Donald

    You’re right, “no good” covers a lot and I was trying to save time not listing all that I have experienced. Where do I start? Incomplete and inaccurate driver’s daily logs, seldom pre or post inspections, untidy truck, questionable use of fuel and minor replacement/repair parts, frequent complaints about type of loads or the lane, and unreliability, to name a few. Those drivers signed Forms W-9 and receive 1099′s at the end of the year. With only 3 trucks, one cannot afford the additional expenses and time it takes to withdraw taxes, child support payments, pay for medical benefits and so on without going in the red. I have however, paid bonuses for safe driving and other incentives for remaining with the company beyond 6 months. I know I am not able to compete with some of the larger companies but I consider my actions as fair compensation especially when drivers agree to all the terms before hand for less money. I don’t require a driver to be away from home for more than 2 weeks at a time. I wish to find a couple good drivers with a minimum of 1 year OTR experience, no drug convictions in the past 10 years and no more than 1 moving violation in the past 3 years. There must be some out there who would be agreeable to such an arrangement but like many of these fleet owners, finding these drivers is hard while the “no-good” ones appear to be plentiful and seems to have more complaints. I don’t know what kind of driver you are or how long you have been a professional driver but if cover over any bias, you will find out that there are legitimate complaints on both sides. Thanks for sharing your ideas with me.

  • Donald

    You’re right, “no good” covers a lot and I was trying to save time not listing all that I have experienced. Where do I start? Incomplete and inaccurate driver’s daily logs, seldom pre or post inspections, untidy truck, questionable use of fuel and minor replacement/repair parts, frequent complaints about type of loads or the lane, and unreliability, to name a few. Those drivers signed Forms W-9 and receive 1099′s at the end of the year. With only 3 trucks, one cannot afford the additional expenses and time it takes to withdraw taxes, child support payments, pay for medical benefits and so on without going in the red. I have however, paid bonuses for safe driving and other incentives for remaining with the company beyond 6 months. I know I am not able to compete with some of the larger companies but I consider my actions as fair compensation especially when drivers agree to all the terms before hand for less money. I don’t require a driver to be away from home for more than 2 weeks at a time. I wish to find a couple good drivers with a minimum of 1 year OTR experience, no drug convictions in the past 10 years and no more than 1 moving violation in the past 3 years. There must be some out there who would be agreeable to such an arrangement but like many of these fleet owners, finding these drivers is hard while the “no-good” ones appear to be plentiful and seems to have more complaints. I don’t know what kind of driver you are or h but

  • Daryl Wirth

    how is YRC doing

  • William McKelvie

    Well now you know why it is just me. Many of my friends tried the two to three truck deal, just not enough for them. And I won’t put up with the nonsense nor another word myself. What I expect and what is reality out here, two very different things. A week or so ago, one account I showed up for about 1/2 hr early. Another owner I was told showed up four hours late for the appointment to load, the previous day. I made it to the delivery location the next morning, that clown was no where to be found. Glad he did not work for me.

  • Tom T

    I don`t know. Never worked for them. Last company I worked for before I bought my truck was Linde Union Carbide. They are still around, albeit they changed the name. Lot of that going on, both union and non union. The list of companies that have gone out of business is endless. Great industry. I learned 30yrs ago after de-regulation that as soon as you start someplace, you start looking for the next. One thing I can safely say, in 45 yrs I never worked cheap, for anybody.

  • guest

    Public Image? When they pull in to get gas and see BUTT Cleavage everywhere at the truckstop? Why would they think truckers are LOWLIFES and IMBICLES? Many are illegal aliens…others are Gang members tattooed on Shaved head and face and head to toe?? Is that all they worry about?? Do they look like Ex convicts?? Should be no problem enlisting their children in a Mega Fleet…looks wonderful!! Of course once the children get hired..those awful stories of them being Kicked off the Truck by their “trainer” in the middle of no where?? Or being treated like the SCUM of the EARTH by dispatchers and mangers, cops, shippers??? Is that a problem with the IMAGE of Low Paid Clown truckers??

  • g

    Yep the Homeless Lowlife look is in VOGUE at every truckstop..who can look the most like a Homeless Bum….?? CB radio? Swearing Contests and threats of Violence are more common than any useful information…..basically a comedy today…”image” how hilarious…and the PAY is CRAP….people dont last but a month or two….trying to PAY BACK the Training FEE….106% annual turnover with Trucker DEATHS and INJURIES rising for 3 years in a row??
    Image problem??? Mega Fleet execs are worth BILLIONS…see any connection here…is SOMEBODY being FLEECED???

  • guest

    Yes a “blue ribbon” panel will do a study…lol

  • guest

    Slobs…man aint THAT the truth…hard to tell the Homeless Bums from the bums…Ive seen drivers I thought were going to ask me for money!

  • guest

    Alot of the new drivers cant “adjust” to the Lowlife lifestyle…the skunks in the truckstops..waiting for a shower behind an illegal alien…gets a little old…Ive seen old PEDRO standing thar with his Bag of shower junk..at the Pilot..many times….makes ya wonder “have I sunk this Low”?? Its more like a FREAK SHOW today…its purdy depressing.

  • guest

    Advertise at the PRISONS like some companies do…they have Good driving Record…no accidents in past 10 years….perfect for trucking..join the other WEIRDOS at the TRUCKSTOP..one big happy party!
    many “drivers” look like escapees from a mental hospital!! Some look like they got away from a mexican mental hospital…and some actually did….lol….they dont call him Crazy Pedro for nothing….

  • guest

    The mega fleets hire and “train” guys with a low IQ or somewhat handicapped to begin with…once they are “on their own” they fall into a coma like state and their appearance is an indication of how “well” they are….they should be under a doctor’s care..instead they are a SLAVE under a dispatcher’s care…being dominated and abused….Execs get RICH using people this way…nothing new….trucking companies are abusive maggots…feeding off the bottom level of humanity to their advantage.

  • lastgoodusername

    The panel members agreed the public image of drivers is the biggest obstacle fleets face in pulling new drivers into the field.
    not the shitty pay?
    not the being gone from home until when?
    not having someone controlling your every move?
    not being treated like shit at most of the places you interact with other human like creatures?

    Maybe if the dollar a mile discount fleets hadn’t treated all their help that way all these years and ran almost every good driver they have had off , things might be different. Naw , that can’t be it. Maybe it’s because the bottom feeders are only attracted to other bottom feeders. Naw, that can’t be it either.
    Beats me.Wait , I got it. Maybe we need a federal commission to figure out why , collect some RAW DATA. That’s it , we need more data. someone with power and money and common sense , help us , please.

  • Tom T

    That`s what they should be, ‘selective in whom they hire’. It all comes down to the basic principle that you get what you pay for and since drivers as most working people in corporate America are nothing anymore than the cost of doing business, cheaper is better. Respect starts at the top where if you pay more you can demand more, like better safety records and appearances and professionalism not to mention self respect. Psychologically, self respect comes from working for a company that pays you enough to take care of your family, hold your head up high, buy a house and a car and whatever for which you are willing to sacrifice and meet the excessive demands of the industry. Given the excess regulations, the attitude towards drivers by law enforcement and at the docks when a diver is finished working 70 hours a week away from home and looks at his take home pay, I wonder why anyone would want to do it today and remember no matter what goes wrong, It`s always the driver`s fault. And holding companies and hedge funds do the same thing to companies that the companies do to the drivers, churn and turn. New name, new stock price, new opportunities for a profit.

  • Steve Paris

    Just where do you get your information from? Are you a driver? If so do you include yourself in this low IQ, handicapped segment you speak of?
    Most drivers I meet are half way intelligent. They are different, in that they all have interesting & varying personalities.
    Tread lightly when talking about metal illness with me. It’s no joke. I live with it every day but I do my job, take pride in myself & my work. I have had serious bouts of depression. When I was in that state, I didn’t leave the house. A driver with serious problems wouldn’t be very effective at the job. A reputable company would notice this and discuss the issues with the driver. Even try to get them help.
    Of coarse I am Canadian, May be what you speak of is the norm is the States. If so then drivers have to get together for a change.
    That peaks my curiosity for a statistic. Suicide among professional drivers. Is there a case to be made for this?

  • Jack

    The only people needing an image upgrade are the cowboys who handle a rig like a PBR rodeo with no respect for anyone else around them be it sunny or inclement weather. THERE’S an image problem for ya!

  • Harry S Munster

    The regulations alone are enough to drive most of the considerate drivers out of the industry. Its simply not viable or worth it. They independents are on their way out the door. They simply cant compete and make a wage that reflects the value they invest in their work. The only attraction to the industry are people who really just want a job of any sort. They have no intentions of hanging around and no real interest in the industry. They come for a quick buck, make no strides to invest any professional efforts in any part of their jobs and pretty much its reflecting out there on the road. The mannerisms of the drivers are horrendous and continue to worsen. You still have companies milking the fast buck of hiring whoever or whatever to drive and lease their trucks. Theres a prominent crooked element in some of the larger companies vying for the easy money made on lease scams. New drivers really have no place to turn to find real training without being fleeced. You dont need much more than google to find the thousands of victims taken in. You tie regulations and the really very poor mannerisms of most trucking companies to offer a real honest to goodness job with a real relationship that has long lasting values and you get what you have and it will not change until companies step up and put the hammer down. Stop hiring warm bodies to fill trucks. Train drivers as they should be. Make your relationship strong. Make more policies in your companies that are tailored to make the drivers job less stressful. Dont make policies so your administrative staff have an easier job at the expense of the drivers efforts. Be modern and use modern technologies. Enhance your internal systems. Tie these systems to the drivers for ease of communications. LOts of things can be changed. What you have is not exactly an advanced understanding of the business mechanics and most of the companies run rather primitive operations and are mostly technologically challenged in a time when technology is really turning to make communications and paperwork much easier to manipulate. Think! Design! Be creative!

  • Harry S Munster

    Definitely some good points here..Hollywood no doubt could invest a bit more in the positive side of the industry and ive addressed this with some media people in the past to no end. I think theres an overall drain in the desire and enthusiasm to change the image. Stress levels all around are creating such social frustrations that no one is seeing a way out of the mess we have created.

  • Harry S Munster

    This is a product of the companies who hire in mass. They train and then within few months have the students training. Few will refuse because they need the money and to justify their time on the road. The companies are raking in fast dollars and the profits are bigger than the losses for NOW. None of these CEOs will hang around when shit hits the fan and things fall apart, They will run and hide and come back later when things have improved. Its the same mentality in most industries that get rocked by greed. Meanwhile the nation as a whole is staggered by it. The DOT is doing the obvious easiest road they can take and that is pinning it all on the drivers. Drivers have guns at their heads from every direction and see a paycheck the size of a postage stamp. Just bums are attracted to it.

  • Harry S Munster

    Agree point for point.

  • Harry S Munster

    ok i laughed hard..

  • Tommy A

    Are potential new hires pre-screening their career choice by going to truck stops & listening to CB ?? Does anyone think all drivers should look like the picture on DART trailers ?? Gearjammers are a breed apart, with a fierce sense of individuality. Seeing **.99 on every price tag is more of an affront to my sensibilities than a truck that needs washed !

  • Kevin J. Reidy

    Funniest damn thing I’ve read in ages!
    Mega fleets find and hire whatever scummy ignorant unwashed bodies they can find to pass a piss test then wonder why scummy ignorant, unwashed people are driving their trucks!
    Un.freaking.believable.
    The race to the bottom of the barrel has caught them by surprise, when everyone else on the planet knows you get exactly what you pay for…pay shit for wages, get shit for employees.

  • Stuntman

    What has amazed me for some years is that they finally cleaned up the truck stops when they went corporate and the first thing they did was becomes bus stops. Does anyone else remember why the bus stops were never in a nicer part of town. That’s right it’s where all the town bums and alcoholics hung out. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it? And yes, I have had other drivers ask me for money.

  • ironage

    You can make the case that trucking has always had an image problem. The truth is…..there is plenty of blame to go around. As others have stated….most of the big OTR companies won’t pay what the job is worth…..and they routinely lie to their drivers about hometime.

    But…alot of these new generation “truckers” seem to have plenty of money to buy dash cameras and i-phones. And they drive down the road with their expensive cell phone headsets attached to their skulls because they can’t go more than 30 minutes without talking to their old ladies.

    OTR trucking will ALWAYS have a problem keeping people long term. Mostly because it’s not a job for a family man….or anyone who actually wants a social life.

  • steve4447

    This is just silly…After all just who hires and trains all of the drivers that we are complaining about here?..

    Kinda
    reminds me of the problems with the Police Departments are complaining
    about…..We only want Collage Graduates from now on with a four year
    degree in Criminology….and we want to pay them $30,000.00 a year and
    make them work all three shifts 24/7…In any kind of weather and deal
    with the very worst people in society…nights ..holidays …and
    weekends and be on call and never get their time off…

    For some
    reason you can only get what what you pay for only applies to
    executives….But if you just say the magic words…”You are just going
    to have to do more with less”…

    Lets see you drive into the
    truck stop fuel island and insist that you are only going to pay $2.00 a
    gallon for fuel…Because that’s all that your freight rates will allow
    you to pay…And after you get that… on to the Insurance Company and
    Tag Office…And on and on…

  • Tom T

    I`ll have to call you on your opening statement. I drove at a time in the past when truck drivers were looked up to and respected. That was a time we were considered ‘Knights of the Road’. That was 12 or 13 years before de-regulation. When I showed up with LTL on the trailer, they actually thanked us for bringing their freight. If you happened upon an accident, the person the cops would talk to first was the truck driver. When a driver needed help or was broke down, you had three or four guys stop to help you and when you got the problem solved, the response was always the same, “just pass it on”. That also included motorists.
    Now your lucky if they don`t kill you while your on the side of the road. The me first, get out of my way syndrome is the prominent attitude today. Sad

  • Tom T

    Good analysis. One thing they seem to have down to an advanced calculus, how to screw the driver out of the mileage pay and make it look attractive. Now that is creative technology and Madison Ave. glossy advertisement. I wonder how many times they have

    leased and released- lease purchase trucks while getting the hopeful newbie to pay all the maintenance costs before they starve him out of it and re-sell it to someone else due to the fact that it is way beyond any kind of trade in value. Now that is creative, marketing, math and business models. Now having accomplished all that, they can run the freight for nothing. That ought to eliminate the competition. Sigh.

  • Tom T

    Companies pay big dollars to belong to the ATA which
    is a lobbying arm for all the big ones and is chaired by a president of one of those companies. We are just a cost of doing business. No reason why they would want to do that. What ever they lobby for is going to be in their interests, not yours.

  • Bum Trucker

    Trucking companies r worse than lot lizards..at least with lot lizards you agree on the price n get the service. Trucking companies promise you the world and give you the wage of a street panhandler. Thanks to the Reagan era and deregulating the trucking industry we are making less money per mile than we were before deregulation.

  • Harry S Munster

    When i was a kid..Most of the people i knew in trucking were the upper crust of the community. They had the nicer homes. The families were respected and many donated things to the community and were held in prestige as honorable people. Many eventually opened other businesses and added to the community and towns growth and eventually retired into community service serving chamber of commerce or something of the likes. I never really knew the rouge driver per se and they too did exist but not nearly as formidable as they do now.

  • Harry S Munster

    Most of these analysis from the media are petty in that the efforts for accuracy and hard truths arent really invested. Its just some cat sitting around looking for some filler for the rag they write for so they can get paid. They write vague white wash articles that have very lil impact. Trivial information and the industry is trivialized. I was on the radio discussing this and people were offended. Theyd rather hear banter and insults and mindless matters. Yet they loved to whine about the world around them and and say IF they..(whoever they are) would get together..Meaning truck drivers..then the industry could be forced to face truths..So i asked a driver a simple question. How do THEY get together? Is this some cliche or is it a fact? Can two people agree and get together..perhaps..add 3 people..then find a fourth and then find a 444999th? It has to start somewhere with someone. We can look to these writers to do it..Or we can look for jesus to do it..Or we can hope the next president will do it..Or someone just says fuck it..Ill do it…and starts the ball rolling..Its happened..but most people wont jump on until its safe..For all of our mightiness we are cowards afraid to step out and wait for the rest of the herd to head that way before we will. It takes one cow to lead em and walla they find they found something worthwhile. Theres a need here in this industry and it can be met..Who is gonna take the lead?

  • Tom T

    I tried. I fought tooth and nail in 79 & 80 along with OOIDA, the Teamsters and many others against de-regulation. That A-hole of a President Carter, peanut brain from the farm signed it anyway. For the rest of my time till I retired, I refused to work cheap, I refused to run illegal logs and I kept my drivers license clean so I could move when I wanted to. When they threatened me or starved me I ask them where they wanted the trailer dropped. I left the right way and moved on, and when they put a statement on my D.A.C. report, I challenged it and if they didn`t change it I put a statement of my own on the report and it looked a lot worse than their`s. Never had a problem finding work both union and non union. I am retired but what got me and my family through was a clean driving record. I never let these greedy bastards push me to break the law as my license was my passport. The really amazing thing is that most of the companies that I ran for and left are now out of business or taken over by some other larger scum-bag outfit. Funny how that happens. Today, they come and they go, just like the drivers.

  • wing

    Say Donald, I have been a Class A driver for 35 years, done the lease thing for one round, ripped off with no revenue sheets given and payed for an new inframe before I put the lease truck on the road, detailed at Danny;s in Phoenix, made spotless and took every load… ended up 25,000 in the hole for the inframe and another 2,000 on fuel. Yet the last place expected i run on bald tires in the mountain snows with broken fifth wheel and chains, windshield leaking into the breaker box, broken heater controls, no power or heat to the sleeper, leaking power steering, worn out wiper blades that were too short for the holders, so scraping new wind shield, air leveling valve broken and taped together with duct tape, i fixed with my money at KW, etc.,etc.,…..
    So I feel for you, i shower every day or two… don’t get the laziness of others…keep the tractor and trailer clean, even if on my dime,
    so there is more to this image problem…. as companies think you are their slaves…what with 168 hour responsibility for the rig/load, no where to go but the truck stop, which i don’t frequent but for fuel and shower…
    I think a lot of the “image problem” is generated by the companies who hire and expect that their image is not on probation….

    The word does get out about about companies like SW/CR that rip off the driver…a newbie who is tricked into a lease and quits cause he/she is starvin’ marvin’
    while the bosses haven’t ever driven, have nice houses and boats at the driver’s expense….Shippers/receivers who treat your like their customers warehouse…etc.
    No mentor sites for the newbie on what to look for and expect, except
    truckers report and the like.

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