A new report has been issued looking at why truck drivers choose to drive for a company, or be independent.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) analysis involved more than 2,000 professional truck drivers.

Company drivers indicated their top three motivators were job security, stability, income, healthcare and retirement savings. While among owner operators and independent contractors the top three motivating factors were independence, ability to set hours, schedule, flexibility and choice of routes and length of haul.

“ATRI’s analysis validates what we know to be true with our professional truck drivers – those who choose to be owner/operators are often motivated by the desire to be in charge of their schedule and work environment,” said Eric Fuller, president & CEO of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.

“Understanding what motivates our company drivers and owner/operators allows us to better tailor offerings as we continue to focus on recruitment and retention.”

A copy of the full report is available on the ATRI website.