Plugging The Trucker Gap

DEARBORN, MI. Sept. 17, 2020 – Ford announces an even deeper commitment to American manufacturing, celebrating the production start of the all-new F-150 at the historic Rouge Complex and unveiling the all-new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where it will build the all-electric F-150 by mid-2022. Ford begins production of all-new Ford F-150 pickup, on sale at dealers starting in November. Ford’s $700 million investment in the historic Rouge Complex includes a new high-tech manufacturing home for its all-electric F-150 due out in mid-2022. New study by Boston Consulting Group finds the best-selling F-Series pickup contributes approximately 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen.

The USA has faced long-term supply chain issues that are rooted in lower levels of trucking activity. Measures are being introduced across the continent to try and incentivize more people into getting back on the road; Global News Canada notes the recent removal of restrictions on Canadian truckers entering the USA as a factor of that. The industry is seeing large growth and there are opportunities for driving enthusiasts – as long as they have the knowledge on what it takes to become a trucker.

Staying safe

Trucking can be a dangerous profession. Contractors are required to work long hours, in any given climate or weather conditions, and often through the night or other poor visibility conditions. CBS highlights yet another accident in Texas, one of the most deadly states for truck drivers. The Dallas-Fort Worth and Royse City area is particularly dangerous, and when it comes to truck accident lawyers Fort Worth sees considerable activity. Being aware of the safety risks, and staying organized and healthy on the road, is as key as obtaining proper legal cover to protect for the worst case situation.

Choosing your gear

Truck drivers are notoriously proud of their rig. The truck itself, and its upkeep, is something many learn to maintain themselves, and most truckers will buy a vehicle perfect for them. The cab is as important as the engine. Most truckers will spend a lot of their lives living and sleeping within the cab, so having something comfortable and suitable is important.

Reaping the rewards

The shortage in truckers has led to wide scale improvements in the benefits that they can earn for taking up jobs. USA Today have highlighted record spikes in both the pay that companies are now offering short and long haul drivers, and enrollments in training schools. With that has come a wider improvement in the skills truckers are able to learn at the trade schools, which represents another big reward for would-be truckers. It’s the opportunity to learn an entirely new trade in addition to supplementing income.

For lovers of automobiles, that’s something to embrace. The chance to work with vehicles every single day, make excellent money, and to build real trade skills in something that’s not just a vocation, but a passion, is something that not many people can lay claim to. On top of that, it’s servicing a need that the country is, currently, in critical need of meeting.


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