Archive for June, 2010


Driver Economics

Do you know any drivers that are out of work? If you do it’s a rarity. There is still a high demand for Commercial Truck Drivers and things are expected to get tighter over the next several years. So, if you know someone that has been out of work for a while you might suggest they get some training and become a commercial truck driver.

Today one in six drivers are above age 55. This is good news for those wanting to enter a field that is already in high demand, because as these professional drivers retire new drivers will be needed to replace them. Estimates have ranged up to one million additional drivers that will be needed through 2025.

More positive news for these professionals is that the number freight loads are at there highest level in several years. With more available loads and fewer drivers, experienced drivers with clean driving records should be able to earn higher salaries.

Need a job? Want to help the economic recovery?

Down the Road – Mike


Is there Anyone That’s Not Distracted?

In my neighborhood I typically drive below the 30 mph speed limit. I do this mainly because I never know when a child, adult, dog, cat, basketball or other object may jump right out in front of my vehicle.

I have also noticed that many people are talking on their cell phones and squeezing in some exercise at the same time, or they may be listening, and singing along, to their MP3 player. I think my favorite is watching dogs taking their humans for a walk, pulling and wagging them sporadically down the road.

It’s not just cars that these pedestrians are ignoring. I have also seen a bicycle vs. pedestrian accident in my neighborhood. Pedestrians in metro areas distracted by cell phone calls and text messages also risk deadly encounters with the transit buses and commuter trains around them.

Some city’s have started awareness campaigns, like Atlanta’s “Stay Focused! Stay Alive!.”

It’s not easy to turn these devices off. People love listening to music on their mp3 players. They want to stay in touch with their friends, their families, their colleagues and clients by texting and talking on their cell phones.

Have you come across this in your neighborhood? Do you think local awareness campaigns are useful for warning distracted people and reducing accidents?

Down the Road – Mike

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