Yes, I've driven a big truck!
I've also worked for years in the industry behind the desk. The trucking business is pretty complex.
Think about it: a large national trucking company has thousands of trucks moving freight all over the North American continent. That's a lot to manage.
- A lot of shippers schedule appointments for freight pickup. You have to make sure that there are a truck and trailer in the area that can make the appointment on time.
- Customers expect their shipments to be delivered on time. You have to find a driver that can make on-time delivery.
- The Department of Transportation regulates the number of hours that a driver can drive. When the hours run out, the driver must take a break for a minimum of 10 hours. So you have to make sure you have drivers that have enough hours available.