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Cummins Leading The Way For Younger Drivers

by Jake Tully - Published: 8/16/2016
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A widely debated issue in the trucking industry may be one of the solutions for the industry's shortage of drivers.

In what may be a one of the greatest shortages of truck drivers in recent times, the National Truck & Step Van Driving Championships has opened up the door for a conversation about the industry's next move.

While some companies have individually offered more student programs and others have upped the bonuses they offer, manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to recruit the younger generation of drivers to get behind the wheel.

“Nothing gets delivered around the U.S. and cities without truckers,” said Amy Boerger, vice president of sales for Cummins’ Engine business. “It’s important to us. In order for parts to get into our plants and engines to be shipped away from plants, it’s effectively done with truck driving.”

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Cummins Engines made an announcement at the NTSVDC this past weekend to highlight the involvement of manufacturers to being in younger drivers, with their contributions just as important as those made by staffing companies and trucking industry outlets.

According to Boerger, Cummins is planning on attending more trade shows and events within the trucking industry in addition to establishing more comprehensive training programs using Cummins equipment and helping students follow engage in new driving practices and driving technology.

Seeing younger drivers on the road may be part of the solution, but some experienced truckers are trepidatious about this potential trend within the industry.

"Sure, you gotta have the newbies out there, but you get too many and it could be trouble," said Jesse Gray, an owner-operator of over 25 years. "I don't think the solution necessarily lies in young kids out there. Companies need better rates for experienced drivers, to start."

Still, Cummins may be on to a trend within manufacturers and companies alike. Many will wait the ATA report in driver trends to see the statistics regarding important figures in the industry.


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Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
The age of the average truck driver is getting older and older. The younger generations are just plain staying away from truck driving as a career. Yet, they wish to lower the age of drivers! If the trucking industry can’t attract 20 something year olds. Just how are they going to attract teenagers?? Teenagers more then any group don’t want to miss out on having fun with friends and family compared to living in a box. Oh they will get some just as they do the 20 something group. However, once they have seen this and done that. It turns into a dead-end job that only attracts the loners and gypsies. It’s time people wake up and understand. Trucking needs to change at the top, NOT at the bottom by this constant lowering of the bar. The influx of people who aren’t much more then a steering-wheel-holder has become an embarrassment. What young person wants to join an industry which has attracted nomads, gypsies, illegal’s, immigrants from nations with no standards and respect for laws and refuse to change, and mindless dweebs with no common sense! Trucking use to attract people who had trucking in their blood. They had common sense. They had a 6th sense of direction. They could READ. They could think their way through a problem. They didn’t need babysat by their company’s 24/7. They could read a map. They could understand a 13-foot 6-inch tall truck could not go under a 11-foot underpass. If they got lost they just looked for a safe place to stop and turn around. Now we have so may company trucks setup with so much junk to baby-sit and watch the driver. Drivers can NOT see out the windshield, nor think for themselves. Driver’s are mindlessly driving down the road bored out of their ever loving minds. Because E-Logs is doing their Hours Of Service for them. Speed limiters are keeping them going below the speed limit, thus no need to watch their speed. A ‘Driver/Manager’ is doing their thinking for them. GPS is telling them where to go and when to turn. They don’t have to perform since drivers are tracked 24/7. They can’t pick their nose, talk on the CB radio, listen to a radio because a camera is watching them, and any loud noise sets the stupid camera off. They don’t need to watch and make sure they are in their lane, because electronics is watching their lane for them. And the list goes on. Trucking as become a job that attracts the lowest common denominator in today’s world. The industry just wants mindless dweebs to hold the wheel. Those who can think for themselves are considered troublemakers and unwelcome. YET! What are we seeing with this new breed of nomad? Tailgating! Speeding through towns and in construction zones! The need for GPS and the idiots follow the silly thing where it says! We see drivers running under way to low underpasses, down country roads, mountain logging roads, down low weight city streets! Turning around in people’s yards! In a creek or river because they went across a clearly marked low weight bridge! Takes them 1 hour to back a truck into a simple loading dock! Over cars hoods! The list goes on and on. Who in the Sam Heck would want to choose trucking as their life when it’s something the world’s people hate? What 16 years old wants to join this mess, live in a box, earn a wage that has went DOWN the past many years and give up a normal life with friends and family?
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Software Scripts
Yup
Jeff Yoder
Jeff Yoder
Because of what? A big C on a T shirt worn by a bunch of wannabe country girls? LOL
William Seifert
William Seifert
HAHAHAHA....make the job real instead of a bunch of smoke and mirrors.......
Jeff Petrell
Jeff Petrell
More money attracts better people
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Software Scripts
IMO anything about is fab