Industry Trends, Driver Preference Pave Way for Hub-to-Hub Routes

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Take one look at the latest industry trends in the world of trucking and you’ll see some big changes afoot. Traditional long-haul routes are slowly being replaced by hub-to-hub or drop-and-hook routes. Discover more about these trucking industry trends and their effects on today’s truck drivers.

The Growth of Hub-to Hub Routes

The introduction of more hub-to-hub routes means many drivers have the option of driving shorter distances and enjoying more time at home. This is attracting new drivers to the industry.

Having a hub-to-hub route means a driver is able to travel a shorter amount of time to deliver a full load to a destination and pick up another full load there. This new streamlined system makes the process more efficient and helps carriers and shippers avoid delays.

Green Technology in the Trucking Industry

According to an article in Transport Topics, “Battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks are just in pilot programs now, but their use is expected to grow due to a combination of environmental regulations and operating costs…” (June 15, 2020) This move toward green technology in the trucking industry pairs well with the hub-to-hub route structure. Truck battery charging stations are likely to become a common sight at hubs where truck drivers drop off one load and retrieve another.

Driver Preferences Are Changing

The driver preferences of older operators still lean toward traditional, long-haul routes. However, many older drivers are retiring leaving behind younger drivers who like the option of regional travel and shorter routes.