This past week was National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW). From September 13th to 19th, professional truck drivers across America for their hard work transporting all sorts of items, commercial and industrial.
For this 27th passing of NTDAW, we would like to highlight some important and interesting facts about the trucking industry. They’ll demonstrate how incredible and essential the 3.5 million professional men and women who transport goods across the country are to not just logistics, but the economy overall.
Did you know? – The trucking industry is foundationally important to the United States!
Currently, 70% of all freight transported in the United States is done through one of the 15.5 million truck currently in operation according to this source.
What’s also important to note is that almost 80% of communities residing within the United States rely exclusively on trucks for the delivery of their goods.
Did you know? – Trucking is a dynamic industry for growth!
At present, The trucking industry collects, on average, $650 billion in revenue each year. That is about 5% of America’s GDP. The mean salary for a truck driver in the United States meanwhile is $44,500 according to Career Builder. This is likely to grow as over the next decade, the trucking industry is estimated to grow over 21%.
This growth can already be seen as The Department of Transportation registers more than 40,000 commercial drivers licenses per month.
90% of the trucking industry in the United States is made up of small business trucking companies with ten or less trucks.
Did you know? – Truckers need more appreciation!
Of the millions of truck drivers, more than 169 billion miles are logged each year collectively from all the drivers.
In regards to expectations, drivers are typically expected to cover 125,000 miles per annum. That breaks down to around 2,500 miles a week, which equates to 500 miles a day.
According to an industry article about the life of a trucker on Jobs.net:
Days can begin really early. Many drivers like to move with the light; others prefer to drive through the night. OTR truck drivers don’t have set starting hours, unless they’re calling in to dispatch after returning from time off
You may be expected to work up to 70 hours over an eight-day period. After you’ve worked for 70 hours, you cannot drive again until you take a full 34 hours off duty. The 70-hour limit could be reached by working 14-hour days, but you cannot drive for more than 11 hours in a day. You must conclude your “Hours of Service” with a 10-hour break.”
The trucking industry has also made major efforts toward being more green-friendly. The best example is the clean diesel trucks that operate today. It would take 60 trucks to equal the exhaust emissions of one truck from 1988.
As you can see from the facts and figured above, there is a lot that truckers and the trucking industry should be lauded for. They are a very large part of not only ensuring logistical chains run smoothly, but also and all too often the unsung backbone of America as well.
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