The driver shortage continues to be a major challenge for fleets across the country. That’s because the industry is short an estimated 80,000 drivers, a number estimated to climb to 160,000 by 2030.
Exacerbating the issue is the aging demographic in the commercial truck driving industry. Currently, the average age of commercial truck drivers in the United States is 48 years old.
One important recruitment strategy for fleets is to bring in younger drivers, and in many states, 18-year-olds can now qualify for a commercial driving license (CDL) although they can only operate a commercial vehicle within their own state.