The "Problem" Trucking Companies Don't Want to Solve
This year, as many as 5,000 people will die in large truck accidents. According to the FMCSA, at least 1 in 7 of those crashes will be directly caused by fatigue. As many as 1 in 4 of those crashes will involve a trucker who was hauling for 17 hours or more that day. Experts believe that these numbers are too low—that exhausted truckers are a bigger problem than the data reveals because drivers often don't admit how tired they are.
Why are drivers so exhausted? A big part of the problem is the way that trucking companies pay their drivers. Most new drivers are paid between 25 and 40 cents per mile they drive—and that's their entire income. Drivers are sold on it as an opportunity to make as much as they want, but the opportunity for "unlimited pay" is severely limited by factors like traffic, the weather, unexpected repairs, and more. All the while, companies get away with leaving drivers unpaid for all the vital non-driving work they do.
- Driving to pick up new loads
- Planning routes
- Abiding by federally-mandated rest breaks
- Waiting for loading
- Waiting for unloading
- Submitting to rig inspections
The duties listed above can eat up hours of a driver's week. It's not uncommon for a truck driver to work for 12 hours a day and see that they lost money on a day's work. To make ends meet, drivers do everything they can to increase their mile time: they eliminate breaks, they minimize sleep, or they eat prepackaged 'food' to avoid stopping for hot meals. Many of them turn to the methods they learned in trucking school to get around federal hours of service regulations, like keeping two logbooks to fool inspectors.
It creates a culture of "hard-driving," and even when it causes accidents or puts people's lives at risk, companies don't step in to fix it. Why? Because it saves them money. It increases their profits to have drivers pushing themselves further and further (at no real extra cost to their bottom line). Their policies created this mess, but they're in no hurry to 'fix' it—to them, it's not broken.
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