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New data reveals the least productive cities for truckers

New data reveals the least productive cities for truckers

FreightWaves recently analyzed ELD data to identify how long drivers sit at a dock under the on-duty/not driving status.

This new data revealed the average wait times for drivers to get loaded and unloaded. Moreover, it also helped identify the least productive cities and areas for truckers.

Here is the list of the least productive areas for truckers, based on the data by FreightWaves.

FreightWaves infographic showing the least productive areas for truckers

How was the data collected?

According to FreightWaves, they received a lot of queries about how they collected the data and how they came up with this list.

This is what they did:

  • They took ELD records for 110,000 trucks for over a period of six months.
  • Trucks that operate locally within a 200-mile radius were eliminated from this study.
  • The data was derived based on thousands of different carriers, instead of relying on just a single source.
  • They only included the areas (squares of 14×14 miles) throughout the US and Canada that have a population of over 500,000.
  • Only cities with an average delay time of 90 minutes or more were included in the list.

FreightWaves also mentioned that the data was pulled from over 150 sources and represent $260 billion of freight. You can find more information here.

Extended detention events

Last year, KeepTruckin also looked into the average detention time property-carrying drivers face and the negative impact it has on them.

According to the data analyzed by KeepTruckin, 75% drivers are detained at a pickup or drop off location for 2+ hours every week. Moreover 35% drivers are detained at a pickup or drop off location for more than 6 hours every week.

On average, a driver faces 7 extended detention events every month.

This extended detention time has multiple negative effects:

  • The extended delays in loading and unloading freight result in lost driving time and earning for commercial drivers.
  • Drivers who are detained by a shipper or receiver for more than two hours drive faster to make deliveries within the 14-hour limit.

According to our data, 81% drivers feel the undue pressure to make it to their next stop in time, and 34% drive, on average, 3.5 mph faster after detention.

As a solution, KeepTruckin launched a petition to extend the 14-hour limit to 16 hours if drivers are detained by a shipper or receiver for more than 2 hours.

As of this writing, we have received over 43,000 signatures. If you are also affected by this issue — or if you want to be a part of this change — you can sign the petition here.

About KeepTruckin

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Hunbbel Meer

Hunbbel has been working in the trucking industry with KeepTruckin for 3 years. Apart from monitoring industry trends, he also enjoys fantasy fiction, road trips, and pizzas without pineapples.