It’s been written before, but it bears repeating. The demand for commercial truck drivers is increasing, especially for younger drivers that can help fill the shoes of the thousands of drivers preparing to enter retirement in the coming years.

Over 22 percent of commercial truck drivers are over the age of 55. Another 25 percent are at least 45-years-old. In fact, more than a third of all truck drivers on the road today are at least 50 years of age, according to estimates from the American Trucking Associations.

Without any growth in the commercial trucking industry the need for drivers will continue to grow as more and more of today’s drivers enter retirement. However, the number of drivers needed is also growing as shipping order increase. And, combined with a third of the workforce expected to enter retirement sometime over the next 15 to 20 years, the need for new drivers to enter the commercial trucking industry is almost as great as it’s ever been. A new generation of commercial truck drivers is needed and trucking companies are ready to fill positions immediately with the right candidates who have the right training.

A job as a commercial truck driver can be a steady career for drivers of any age, but there is a particular interest by many companies to find younger drives. However, trucking companies want drivers that have proper CDL training, putting students at Diesel Driving Academy at an advantage when it comes to meeting the demand for commercial trucking jobs.

Currently less than 10 percent of commercial truck drivers in the United States are under the age of 30, and less than 20 percent of drivers are younger than 34 years of age. The industry needs new drivers of all ages and DDA is helping to meet that demand.

DDA specializes in providing some of the best hands-on truck driving training available. Students are put in a position upon completion of the program to enter the commercial truck driving job field and secure employment in some of the industry’s best positions.

Students at Diesel Driving Academy also have the advantage of training at a school that works closely with recruiters from most all of the major trucking companies across the nation. These companies are looking for drivers that have the best skills and experience and DDA is producing students to meet that need.

Students are also prepared to obtain their CDL and gain the necessary skills to become a local driver or drive for long hauls.

The commercial trucking industry is desperately looking for a new generation of drivers that have training in the areas of maintenance, safety and driving that will help trucking companies meet the growing need for domestic and international trucking services.

Students looking to be a part of that next generation of commercial truck drivers should strongly consider DDA’s truck driving program.