July 1, 2022

Top 7 Curios Facts About The Trucking Industry

Top 7 Curios Facts About The Trucking Industry

The transportation industry and trucking in particular might seem like a boring occupation. Indeed it may not be everyone’s cup of tea as it implies long hours behind the wheel of semitrucks roaming across the nation out on the big road. All the while, it is the perfect calling for many free spirits who enjoy the freedom, independence, job diversity, and earnings and benefits it provides. In short, trucking is the perfect escape for those made for it. So to those considering it here are seven curious facts about the trucking industry:

  1. Trucking is the backbone of the US economy – 72% of goods in America are shipped by truck, and in most communities, trucks are the only form of delivery. A strong, stable, and reliable truck logistics network plays a critical role in the U.S. supply chain and economy;
  2. Truckers cover a lot of miles – a typical U.S. commercial truck driver logs 105,000 miles per year, roughly ten time more than an average American car driver, while the combined mileage of all trucks making deliveries in the country is nearly 5 billion miles per year which amounts to over 10,000 trips to the moon and back;
  3. Trucks are made to last – over-the-road truck engines are designed to travel more than one million miles before being retired, about 5 times the distance of a regular car engine, expected to last just 200,000 miles;
  4. Trucking is a much greener industry – though the stereotype is that it is the most polluting of all industries (it isn’t) in the past 30 years, the exhaust emissions of heavy trucks and off-road equipment have reduced by more than 95%. So it would take 60 of today’s clean-diesel trucks to generate the exhaust emissions of one truck from 1988;
  5. Trucking doesn’t necessarily mean solitude – over 40% of truck drivers reported taking their beloved pets with them on the long trips;
  6. Trucking is a massive industry – employing over 3.7 million truckers and 8 million in the associated transportation industry jobs, over 6% of the overall workforce in the US is working in the trucking industry;
  7. Trucking industry will continue to grow – at the current rate of growth, the trucking industry is expected to grow by over 20% over the next 10 years, meaning the truckers’ pay and benefits will continue to rise.


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