DANIEL GOLLNICK of Melrose, Wis., drives for a company that has him home each night. He used to drive a flatbed truck across the country, but his girlfriend didn’t like him being away so much. DONNA PENLAND of Houston decided to get her CDL 18 months ago after her boyfriend was laid off from his job and wanted to try trucking. The duo “team-drove” a truck, meaning they would trade off driving so the vehicle would be on the road almost 24 hours a day. They eventually broke up, but Penland continued driving on her own. Boris Strbac of Milwaukee is the manager of Star Trucking. He employs 35 drivers and is a former driver who has worked for other companies and on his own. LEE KLASS of Portland, Oregon, has been driving for four decades. He owns his truck now and does the jobs he wants. He says the real problem isn’t the shortage of drivers — it’s all the experienced drivers leaving.

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