A lot of guys try to get out of trucking because it is a crummy life. They get out for lower pay but a better life. Our mechanic and oiler both used to drive and got out for a lower wage.
Low wages drove white boys out of agriculture, not the hard work. Stoop labor needs to pay by the bushel or pound. Everything else would get a lot of takers for just $12 an hour if any kind of housing was available. Most farms have some run down trailers for the illegal aliens.
Everyone wants market forces and price discovery except when paying for labor. Then, they want to cheat and rig the game with imported low wage workers. People will dream up the most preposterous solutions when the answer is so simple: if the pay is high enough, they will come.
A while back, there was talk of importing Mexican welders and truck drivers because of a shortage. Show the welders the money and trade schools will have waiting lists of wannabe welders. Many truckers drive 14 hours a day, for seven days and get 24 off. Wherever they wind up they go in the sleeper berth. Wake up and do it again. Some even bathe occasionally. If you had a wife, you won't keep her. Bad food, never feel good. No life. All for about the median income.
Me, I am local/regional but oilfield dependent. Chicken or feathers. Lately, feathers. Trucker shortage? Can't imagine why. Owner operator is quite a bit more money, which can make a horrible lifestyle a bit more pleasant. Most aspire to manage a few trucks and let some other slobs do the driving while they have a life.
There is a reason we have a bunch of imported darkies driving lots of trucks. Crummy job-low pay. If the money was good enough, you'd have a glut as with dentists, lawyers, and gender studies majors. You'd have hookers, porn stars, and politicians attending truck driver schools. Why is it that the modest pay, long hours, and unhealthy lifestyle don't occur to anyone? We must import foreigners? People can tolerate a lot if they are making decent money. A LOT of drivers are aging boomers. When we start kicking off, you will know a real trucker shortage. I will bolt for 75% of what I am making, probably. Maybe soon.
The trucking industry has a serious problem, that needs to be resolved, or you risk not getting get your shit, mister. You can try to solve it with Mexicans and Africans OR offer median income or better for regional/local driving with the hours down to between 50 and 60 a week. Hubs/terminals likely shared. Drop the trailer, let the next driver haul into his neck of the woods. Hook on his trailer, take it back to your neck of the woods.
The thing that really should surprise all of us, is how few trucking accidents there are, considering all the exhausted unhealthy drivers and the inexperienced, and often just plain stupid, foreign drivers. I won't even go into the millennials surfing the net, watching movies, chowing down, and texting while driving.