The Seasonality of Trucking and Its Effects on Truckers
Semi-Related, an Optym Podcast hosted by Jacob Eischen, welcomes guest Dean Croke, Principal Analyst at DAT Freight and Analytics. Croke sheds light on the seasonality of trucking and its impact on truckers. Croke emphasizes the existence of distinct trucking seasons, such as the peak shipping and retail shopping seasons towards the year-end, followed by quieter periods in the early months of the new year. The fluctuating demand during these seasons significantly affects truckers’ earnings and job satisfaction, with quieter periods translating to fewer miles on the road, less revenue, and increased dwell time between loads. Amidst a broader freight recession, truckers and trucking companies are navigating through these seasonal waves, seeking a balanced operational rhythm that ensures a steady income for truckers while aligning with the market’s demand cycles.