Thursday, May 2, 2013

From CDL Life - Is Truck Driving One Of The Most Dangerous Jobs?

It can be dangerous out on the road.  Drivers are often pushed to work against the clock to make their pickups or deliveries on time, the food served at truck stops is often a heart attack on a plate and safe, available parking is hard to find.  Is truck driving one of the most dangerous jobs in America?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck drivers have the 8th most dangerous job in America, that’s up 9 spots from 2008 when it was listed as the 17th most dangerous job in the U.S.
By: Keith Veronese- io9.com
What incredibly important profession combines horrible hours, bad pay, and a poor lifestyle? Truck driving. This is a job that destroys so many lives that it could soon become unsustainable. Here’s why.
Lots of Work, Little Pay
Truck drivers are expected to drive up to fourteen hours straight a day, receiving roughly ten hours off prior to  the beginning of the next shift. Legislation regulating the amount of driving a trucker performs over the course of a day and week does exist, but these rules are commonly bent and broken.
Truckers rarely receive more than one day of work off a week. The chance of dying on the job is extremely high, with deaths of truckers in auto accidents accounting for 12% of all work related deaths in the United States.
All this comes with a paltry average annual salary of just under $38,000. A trucker can easily work 4400 hours a year, coming to an hourly wage of $8.70.
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This is the first half of the Article From CDL Life -
What Do you Believe is the Best & Worst things about your Life on the Road as a Truck Driver ?

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