There is a perceived toughness of drivers in the trucking industry, and seasoned veterans know you need to have thick skin to do the job, but there is another side to life on the road. Due to the nature of trucking, studies show that drivers face increased challenges, such as loneliness (27.9%), depression (26.9%), chronic sleep disturbances (20.6%), anxiety (14.5%), and other emotional problems (13%).
From the days of buckboard wagons to the modern trucks operating today, the trucking industry has continued to play a vital role in our nation's economy. However, the job can be stressful and wear on drivers over time.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is establishing the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill of 2012. Motor carrier registration begins in the fall of 2019, with full compliance effective January 6, 2020.