Trucking Facts
May 2, 2022 Business Basics

7 Trucking Facts You May Not Know

You might have thought trucking was pretty simple the last time you saw a truck on the interstate. A trucker picks up a trailer with goods from location A and delivers it to location B. 

Well, that’s not all there is to trucking. Most people don’t realize that trucking is a vital industry in America since nearly everything consumed in the country is transported by trucks. Without their specialization and expertise in transport and delivery, life wouldn’t be as comfortable as it is now.

Whether you’re new to the industry or want to brush up on your knowledge of trucking, here are 7 trucking facts that you might have been unaware of!

Truckers Spend a Lot of Time on the Road

Truckers typically drive well over 100,000 miles per year. This roughly translates to 240+ days away from home. That means they forfeit the time they spend with their families, missing birthdays, anniversaries, and other important events, all in transporting the products we use every day. So next time you see a trucker, say a big thank you for the sacrifices they are making.

Trucks Are Built to Last

The sole fact that trucks crisscross the country, back and forth, for thousands of miles means that they should be hardy and able to go for long distances without significant breakdowns. Compared to the latest car engine technology, nothing can beat the 750,000–1,000,000 miles of travel that modern trucks can cover.

Trucks Drive the Economy

Trucks are the powerhouse of the US domestic economy, with 80% of US communities depending on trucks to deliver supplies. In 2019 alone, trucks hauled over 70% of all household goods shipped in the US. Without trucks, the majority of the population wouldn’t have food on their table, revenue wouldn’t flow from one state to another, hospitals would be devoid of supplies, and banks would be cash strapped.

Truckers Are in Ultra-high Demand

Trucking is an in-demand skill set currently in short supply, leading to a shortage of around 80,000 truck drivers as of 2021. With companies desperately in need of truckers, this provides opportunities for those in the industry or looking to get into it to enjoy competitive pay and benefits.

Trucking Is Going Green

Truck emissions accounted for a large percentage of the greenhouse gasses, and with the global outcry and awareness of global warming and the greenhouse effect, many trucking companies have made a significant effort to go green. Thanks to clean diesel technology, emissions from heavy trucks have been reduced by over 90% over the past decade.

The Trucking Industry Is a Vast Employer

With over 8.9 million people employed in the truck industry and 3.5 million of these jobs being truck drivers, trucking comprises nearly 6% of all employment in the country.

Women Drivers Are on the Rise

Trucking has historically been a male-dominated industry, but with the universal push for gender equality, the number of female drivers has been steadily rising over the years. As of 2021, women accounted for 8% of the trucking workforce.

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