As with any business, retention and turnover are part of the trucking industry. How long drivers stay with a company can sometimes say a lot about the environment. But is there more to it than that? Looking a little further you can find out there might be.
When you find out that a trucking company has high turnover, consider the size of the company. Large carriers, with a lot of drivers, are self-insured. This allows them to hire a lot of new drivers, sometimes straight out of school. As with any new job, some drivers may not last, whether it's due to accidents, missing home, or just not being up to the task. So, because large carriers are hiring a bulk of the newest drivers, they can tend to see a higher turnover rate than a smaller carrier who requires more experienced drivers.
On the other hand, once a driver has gained the necessary skills and experience, they may find themselves presented with an opportunity to drive for another carrier that allows them more time at home, better benefits, or a vehicle more to their liking. These types of benefits can be hard to turn down for some drivers, causing them to want to leave to join that new team.
At the end of the day, while a high turnover rate may seem suspicious, take it with a grain of salt, and look at the situations that the carriers might be in.
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