It is not uncommon that we hear in our daily life traditional story or ostensibly historical events that are serving to unfold part of the world view of people or profession.
As it is the case, in this article I will speak, and bust some of the myths that are closely interconnected with commercial trucking.
Somehow, the myths about commercial trucking have grown up into an unfounded and false notion.That has brought negative impact for truckers and commercial trucking!
Henceforth, thanks to the myths about commercial trucking, even nowadays truck drivers are in the situation to get a bad reputation.
But, we are here to change this!
Further in this article you will have the chance to read and lean which myths about commercial trucking are not true at all.
So, let’s take a look!
A Large Commercial Truck Will Protect You. Safety Belts Are Unnecessary.
Let’s bust this myth out. There ain’t a reason for people to think that safety belts are unnecessary when it comes to commercial trucking.
As a matter of fact, the commercial trucking accidents statistics indicate that out of 805 truck drivers have dies in crashes. Whereas out of all these accidents 393 of them were not protected with safety belts.
So, what a better reason for you to put your belt on!
Thereupon, wearing safety seat belts is necessary!
This rule is being supported by the following associations and alliances:
- American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators;
- Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership;
- American Trucking Associations;
- American Society of Safety Engineers;
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance;
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration;
- National Safety Council;
- Network of Employers for Traffic Safety;
Hence, because commercial trucks are big enough, it does not mean that it will protect you.
Remember: Always put your seatbelt on!
Truckers Are Dangerous Drivers And Cause Most Accidents
Being involved in the commercial trucking, and rolling constantly on the road can mean one thing, and that is that truck drivers should be extremely careful.
Yet, on the positive side there are the federal rules and regulation that do exist to prevent truck accidents of any kind.
In fact, speaking of trucking accidents, it is good for you to know that there are many trucking companies that use special programs for their truck drivers in order to prevent accidents.
As an example I would take the following accident statistics:
It has been estimated that the USA traffic accident deaths in a year are 41.000 to 45.000.
- Noncommercial vehicles are involved in 80% of the accidents;
- Bikers and walkers are involved in 15% of the accidents;
- Commercial trucking is involved in 9% of the accidents;
Henceforth, truckers that have Class A CDL and have undergone additional training are not bad drivers at all.
In fact they have invested in good training programs that is one of the ways to ensure that they are properly trained and educated about the federal rules and regulations are being respected.
Remember: Trucks are three times less likely to be in an accident than a regular motor vehicle.
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Truckers Use A Lot Of Drugs
Before you start believing in this myth, ask yourself how do truck drivers obtain their Class A CDL?
Well, I will go straight to the point, it is mandatory that more than 50% of all truck drivers take drug tests.
If we make comparison with the other passenger vehicles, we can see that they are not even taking drug tests. This speaks volumes!
So let me make it crystal clear to you, in order for a person to become a truck driver he has to fulfill the following requirements, which are mandatory:
- The driver must not have been convicted of felony involving the use of a motor vehicle;
- Becoming a trucker is not allowed for persons who have been involved in crimes with drugs;
- As well, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Caused a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
Also, trucking companies are very restrictive when it comes to drug usage.
Trucking companies can also face fines if some of their truckers fails a drug or alcohol test. The fines go up to $830.000.
Men Are Better Truck Drivers Than Women
If you are one of those people who strongly believe in this myth, then the facts and figures that you are going to read in this sub-heading will disappoint you.
As I mentioned before nowadays there are a lot of people who are convinced in the idea that the trucking industry is just a man’s world, but these people couldn’t be more wrong!
Quite the contrary, female truck drivers are more organized and know how to handle any given situation in commercial trucking.
Yet, although I’m busting the myth that men are better truck drivers than women, I must mention that according to the Department of Labor (DOL), female truck drivers are facing more health problems than male truck drivers do.
Nevertheless, that is due to the fact that woman’s anatomy is more complex.
Remember: Female truck drivers might be considered as fragile, but the reality shows that they can truly run the world and can perform commercial trucking in an impeccable way!
Truck Drivers Are Poor
This myth couldn’t be more wrong.
Henceforth, truck driving is becoming one of the best paid profession in the U.S. today.
The actual median national salary for truck drivers operating in the USA is $44.400. In other words what I’m trying to demonstrate you is that truck drivers who are engaged in commercial trucking are receiving 24% above the average salary.
Usually, truck drivers in commercial trucking are used to being paid per mile.