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Truckload Driver Turnover

100 Percent Truckload Driver Turnover

The annual turnover rate at large carriers reached 106 percent in second quarter, despite slower economic growth

The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers shot past 100 percent in the second quarter, rising above that percentage figure for the first time in more than four years, according to the American Trucking Associations.

It’s not a milestone trucking companies will celebrate. A 100 percent turnover rate means truckload carriers need to replace the equivalent of their entire driver pool each year just to maintain employment and capacity at the same level.

At a 100 percent rate, driver turnover can cost larger truckload companies hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars a year. If recruiting one driver costs $5,000, on average, a company with 500 drivers would pay $2.5 million a year. The turnover rate wasn’t 100 percent in the quarter, however. It was higher.

For truckload carriers with more than $30 million in revenue, driver turnover hit an average of 106 percent in the second quarter, the trucking association said Wednesday, the highest industry turnover level since the fourth quarter of 2007.

That leap represented a 16 percentage point increase in the turnover rate from 90 percent in the first quarter, the ATA said - a sharp increase in a quarter that saw GDP growth slow to 1.7 percent and slower revenue growth at many carriers.


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Monster Jam

Monster Jam – Grave Digger Monster Truck Freestyle from St. Louis

Monster Jam is the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger®, Maximum Destruction®, Monster Mutt®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Blue Thunder®.

Monster Jam performs to the delight of families with three elements to every show — the pit party, racing, and freestyle. 125 tour stops and 325+ performances make up the Monster Jam tour that also features a large consumer products division and retail presence.

Two world champions are crowned each year at the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas — the racing world champion and the freestyle world champion. Monster Jam can be seen on SPEED Channel.

Monster Jam® is the hottest edge-of-your-seat, live motor sports property on the planet and largest touring family show in North America! These stadium and arena events blow the roof off traditional motor sports racing, as 1,500 HP monster trucks fly 30 feet in the air, flattening anything in their path. Monster Jam® events are an electrified, entertaining atmosphere with a variety of specialty acts and events.

Truck Crash Accidents

Truck Crash Accidents Videos

This video displays some of the worst truck accidents ever.  Not a pleasant thought, but just a reminder that even if you are driving a truck, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will always be safe.

Driving a truck can be very dangerous, just like driving a car.  Sometimes accidents are caused by the truck drivers themselves, car drivers who are drunk, or fall asleep at the wheel, have a heart attack while driving, or other reasons.

You might always think you are invinceable driving a huge freighliner, dump truck or similar, but that is not always the case.  Take care always.

Man killed in crash struggled with son’s death

Man suffers heart attack, hits tree and dies

He sped from the fire station to the scene of the crash — and found his teenage son clinging to life in the back seat.

John Odell knew he did all he could to save 18-year-old Timmy. When his eldest son died in 1989, somehow the volunteer firefighter from Jordan Station found the strength to hold his family together.

Odell, 63, died Wednesday near Dunkirk, N.Y., about 80 kilometres southwest of Buffalo. Reports say the truck Odell was driving drifted off the right shoulder of the road and into some roadside trees.   He was pronounced dead at the scene. His sister, Marilyn Smith, said the family believes he suffered a heart attack.

Before he went on to his dream career of trucking, Odell, who last lived in Niagara Falls but hailed from Jordan Station, fought fires in Lincoln, said Smith.   She said Odell and his brother, also a volunteer firefighter, arrived on the scene after the car driven by Timmy’s girlfriend hit black ice and collided with a tree.   The girl survived, Smith said, but Timmy died in the elevator at the hospital.

And yet it was Odell who took his family’s grief on his shoulders.   “He was going around comforting everybody else, saying, ‘We can do this, we can do this,’ ” she said.   He said he felt everything that could’ve been done to save Timmy was done.   “He said, ‘I know in my heart we were two minutes away. I know the timing. I know how quickly we got here. I know everything that could’ve been done was done, because I was there.’ ”

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Washington Truck Driver Boom

Truck drivers booming in Washington state

Chris Knapp returned to his home town of Mount Vernon, giving up his blackjack casino dealing job in Nevada. Sounds like a good idea, or a bad idea ?  In this case, a good idea for sure.  He came home to take care of his sick parents, but hasn’t been able to find decent work for at least four years. He’s now working part-time at a convenience store.

“It’s hard,” he said. “800 or 900 bucks a month ain’t enough to survive on.”

Now, strangely enough, a new economic upturn is happening in Washington. The trucking industry is hitting on all cylinders right now.   More than half-a-million jobs are expected to open up nationwide over the next eight years.

“I never really pictured myself as a truck driver, but it’ll put food and money on the table,” said Knapp.

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