While 2020 was a stressful year for almost everyone, it was especially hard for truckers. The majority of us stocked up on necessities and hunkered down during the worst parts of the COVID pandemic. Meanwhile, truckers kept at the hard work of making sure they could get the goods they needed.
Thankfully, trucking in 2021 is shaping up to be much less stressful.
Read on to find out why.
Experts believe rates will rise
Contract rates were already on the rise during the latter half of 2020. Experts believe the prospects for truckers will continue to improve in the coming year. FTR projects that there will be up to a 10% increase in truckload contract rates in 2021.
A vaccine will soon be available
High-risk people are already being vaccinated against COVID-19 in both the United States and Canada. As more people get the vaccine, it will reduce the need for inconvenient restrictions. Problems with navigating border closures, finding safe places to eat, and avoiding infection will soon disappear.
Greater emphasis on prevention
When the coronavirus pandemic first started, no one knew how the virus operated. Now, experts know how to take preventative measures against the spread of COVID-19. Appropriate measures help keep everyone safe, including those working in trucking in Canada/US routes.
Ongoing government investments
Not all the causes for excitement relate to the ongoing pandemic. The government of Ontario recently announced that it will continue its investments into truck parking improvements. As the Canadian and US economies rebound, other local municipalities may follow suit.
High hopes for 2021
The cumulative effect of all the anticipated changes brought by 2021 should be amazing. After a full year of social restrictions and dire economic predictions, truckers are ready to get back to life as usual. Hopefully, they’ll be able to do just that in the coming months.