New Year’s Resolutions for Truckers

12.30.2019 - 12:08 PM Comments: 0

The end of the decade is right around the corner, and it’s about that time for people to start thinking about their New Year’s resolution. After what’s been an up-and-down year in the world of trucking, truckers will surely be expecting some changes. 

So, here are some New Year’s resolutions that truckers may be hoping for in 2020. 

A solution to parking

Throughout 2019, one of the biggest issues drivers had to deal with was parking. As the year went on, finding a place to park became increasingly difficult. 

This has led to truckers receiving hours of service violations, as they continuously had to find truck stops with available spots. Overall, it’s just been a huge headache for folks on the road. 

With over 3.5 million professional truck drivers and only 400,000 parking spots available, it’s a matter of time before the situation becomes worse. So, are there any immediate solutions for it?

Well, not exactly. There’s still a plethora of infrastructure needed to create available parking throughout the country. Nevertheless, there are ways of making sure that you can secure yourself a parking spot. 

Some apps such as TruckPark, allow drivers to reserve parking spots well ahead of time. By doing this, you can skip the headache of a potential HOS violation. 

However, it’ll be interesting to see how the issue of parking continues to be dealt with as 2020 goes along.

More information on the ELD Mandate

The ELD Mandate, which went into full effect as of December 16, 2019, really shook up the industry. While many had been compliant for months, others waited until the last second to make the switch, which means they’ll be using most of 2020 to get acquainted with the rules and regulations that come with it. 

Switching from AOBRD to ELD may just seem as easy as a click of a button, but in reality, it requires more training and understanding on the part of drivers. 

We’ve covered this topic at length throughout 2019, so I would suggest referencing our plethora of blog posts for more information. Nevertheless, here is a snapshot of what to know:

  • The device will start recording and transmitting data at 5 mph
  • It’s going to record everything and anything possible, which includes duty status changes, unassigned driving time, time edits, location, and in some instances also truck diagnostics. 
  • It will also change how inspections are performed, as DOT officers will be using a code that them with all necessary information. 

While many are not fans of the mandate, the fact of the matter is that it’s here to stay. Without adjusting to it, it’s likely that drivers, dispatchers, and companies as a whole will have a tougher time managing their daily duties. 

Nonetheless, it’s likely that many more questions and issues will arise throughout 2020 as more people begin to adapt to the changes, so we’ll see how that all plays out. 

Stable freight rates

Freight rates throughout 2019 were extremely unstable and much lower than what had been seen in 2018. 

However, many in the industry feel like a sharp increase in freight rates is viable in 2020. 

Going into 2020, freight prices will likely be affected by the United States’ reported trade deal with China. According to CBS News, the deal cut or postponed some tariffs and committed China to purchase up to $200 billion from U.S. farmers. 

While the deal is yet to be finalized, there is still a swath of uncertainties that have not been addressed. As the deal continues to progress, the trucking industry may get a better view of what’s to come in 2020. 

So what’s your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

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