The Impact of the Truck Driver Shortage: Would Cleaner Cabs Help?

All over America, companies are experiencing inventory shortages. Cargo ships are trapped in ports with no one to transport their inventory across the country. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the trucking industry is now short 80,000 drivers. With inventory backups all across America, truck drivers are more essential than ever for keeping the supply chain running. In fact, almost 75 percent of all freight in the USA is transported by truck. This shortage has been a major driver in America’s supply chain issues, causing inflation to jump up to 6.2% in November 2021. This is a 5% increase from January 2021. So, what caused this drop in the number of truck drivers over the last two years?

The pandemic has played a large role in unemployment for many industries. Businesses were shut down over safety concerns, and only essential workers were allowed to move freely. These restrictions have lifted somewhat with the introduction of the vaccine, but still truck drivers are not returning to work. The ATA says that the industry in on track for a shortage of 160,000 drivers by 2030. Unfortunately, the need for truck drivers is only rising. The ATA also cites that in the next ten years, the industry will need a total of 1,000,000 new drivers to keep up with supply chain demand.

In order to combat the shortage in labor, the trucking industry will need to hire an average of 110,000 new drivers per year. In spite of this demand, trucking companies are struggling to keep positions filled. While there are multiple reported causes, many drivers who don’t want to return to work are citing poor working conditions as the leading cause.

Unclean cabs contribute largely to the working conditions that truckers face every day. Long trips and multiple stops expose truck drivers to a myriad of viruses and bacteria, and drivers are worried for their health and safety. For the most part, truck drivers are responsible for cleaning their own cabs during trips. That means wiping down handles, seats, and virtually every other surface of the truck at each stop. Drivers must go through extra, time-consuming steps to keep themselves safe from illnesses. These added steps mean less travel time and fewer paid hours for drivers.

Even after a lengthy deep cleaning, the air in most cabs will still be unsafe. Most cleaners are only surface cleaners and cannot properly clean the air. Many commercial cleaners are also harmful for the user. Common cleaners contain chemicals like ammonia or bleach which can cause irritation and even injury if too much is inhaled. What if there was a way for drivers to save time and energy and clean not only the surfaces, but the air in their cabs as well?

The MAG Ultra from Paerosol is capable of disinfecting the air and surfaces in any enclosed space with minimal effort from the user. Paerosol’s patented Dry Spray Technology™ distributes Paerolyte, a non-chemical solution of Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) that quickly and effectively kills bacteria, viruses, and mold spores with a 99.9999% rate of efficacy. Using the MAG platform, Paerosol’s EPA approved solution, Paerolyte can be distributed quickly inside of any truck cab. Paerolyte will even penetrate cloth fibers to eliminate all bacteria and viruses in the cab.


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