Steering away from the tough times of 2023, the trucking world is standing at a crossroads of uncertainty as we step into 2024. Last year threw a bunch of hurdles at truckers, with low freight rates, high fuel costs, and a nationwide parking shortage. The journey into the new year comes with a mix of hope and confusion.
The road ahead in 2024 brings its own set of challenges, making it really tricky to guess what's coming. Truckers will once again show their strength as they tackle different factors shaping the industry. From keeping up with new tech to dealing with economic uncertainties, we will try to cover all the important trends that will shape the road ahead, as well as the relevant events that will take place in the upcoming year.
Driverless Trucks and Job Security
As we enter 2024, the idea of driverless trucks changing the trucking game is still in progress, facing testing and continuous delays from makers. The careful checks needed for safe and reliable autonomous trucking tech mean it's taking longer to get things rolling.
But here's the upside for truckers: these delays are good news for your job security. While we wait for self-driving trucks to hit the roads widely, your skills are still crucial. The teamwork between skilled truckers and advancing technology means that the big shift to driverless trucks isn't happening right away. This gives you the confidence that your job is here to stay!
As the industry works on perfecting self-driving tech, remember that the human touch in trucking is irreplaceable. In 2024, you can be sure that your expertise and experience matter most, shaping the way forward while we wait for the autonomous future to unfold.
Infrastructure and Parking Shortage
Did you know that 42% of all bridges in the United States are at least 50 years old? American roads are not in the best condition at the moment, and according to those in charge, we can expect some significant investments in the upcoming period.
The situation is similar when it comes to the shortage of truck parking. The Department of Transportation representatives and government officials have long been promising to find solutions to this problem. Therefore, 2024 could potentially be a game-changer for the truck parking issues.
New regulations are pushing the trucking industry toward zero-emission trucks. That means that the production of electric vehicles will be accelerated, alternative fuels will be used more than ever, and truck manufacturers will try to design their new models with the environment in mind. Due to new deadlines being set by the authorities, we will certainly see many fleets switch to more environmentally friendly vehicles in 2024.
However, it's worth noting that not everyone in the industry universally supports the shift toward zero-emission transportation. Some stakeholders raise valid economic concerns, emphasizing the potential financial burdens associated with the adoption of new technologies and alternative fuels.
Driver Shortage and Retention Strategies
It is estimated that the US trucking industry lacks around 80,000 truck drivers! This shortage is most likely caused by the aging workforce, the stigma around truck driving, and unfavorable working conditions that have been troubling the industry in the last 2 years.
In 2024, companies will try to incentivize drivers, attract them with better opportunities, and offer them more flexibility. At the same time, to combat this issue, training programs for new truckers and the whole process of getting a CDL are expected to become much more convenient.
Important Trucking Events in 2024:
International Roadcheck: May 14 - 16, 2024
Operation Safe Driver Week: July 7 - 13, 2024
Brake Safety Week: August 25 - 31, 2024
MAJOR TRUCK SHOWS
Florida Trucking Show: February 24, 2024
Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS): March 21, 2024
Southern Indiana Truck Show: May 17, 2024
Texas Trucking Show: June 22, 2024
The Midwest Classic: August 2, 2024
Big Iron Classic: September 7, 2024
Truckers for Hope Truck Show: September 27, 2024
We hope you had a nice 2023 on the road, and we wish you an even better 2024!
At AAA Freight, we are aware of the challenges truck drivers had to face in the period behind us and we truly appreciate their sacrifices. To express our gratitude, in the upcoming year we will strive to provide our truckers with consistent support on and off the road, reward their hard work even more, and give them a lot of opportunities for growth. Join AAA Freight and let's roll together in 2024!