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Learn the Facts About Trucking

Posted in Blog  
Monday, February 22, 2016


There is a lot to being a truck driver that people just don’t know. Learn the facts!

Most people rarely consider what it takes to keep our economy running, and where their goods come from or how they’re transported. Take a minute to think about how crucial truck drivers are to getting you what you need! Here are some facts from Planet Freight.

  1. The top transported goods in the United States are clothing, food, furniture and electrical and machinery equipment/goods.
  2. Trucking accounted for 12.8% of all of the fuel purchased in the United States in 2012.
  3. The exhaust output of heavy trucks and off-road equipment has been reduced by over 95% in the past 19 years.
  4. The trucking industry collects, on average, $650 billion in revenue each year. That is about 5% of America’s GDP.
  5. The trucking industry is expected to grow by about 21% over the next ten years.
  6. In the United States, there are over 200,000 female long haul drivers.
  7. A commercial truck uses, on average, 20,500 gallons of fuel per year. In comparison, the standard car uses, on average, 500 gallons of fuel per year.
  8. The primary cause of trucking accidents is failure to stay in the lane.
  9. Four of the most common errors in large trucking accidents include: traveling too fast for the conditions, brake problems on the truck, performance error and driver fatigue.
  10. There are about 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States.
  11. There are about 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States today.
  12. Annually, trucking accounts for about 70% of all freight transported in the United States.
  13. The majority of trucking companies in operation in the United Sates are small businesses.
  14. With the clean diesel trucks that operate today, it would take 60 trucks to equal the exhaust emissions of one truck from 1988.