The trucking industry has been growing since the beginning. Despite the ups and downs of the economy, it’s an industry that keeps on moving. Truck driving can be a difficult job, but to those who are out on the road every day it’s worth it. But who says trucking can’t be fun? We’ve found 15 interesting facts that will make you think more about the trucking industry and who is involved in it.
15 Interesting Facts About Trucking
- In 2012, the trucking industry accounted for 12.8% of all the fuel purchased in the United States.
- The primary cause of trucking accidents is failure to stay in the lane.
- The top transported goods in the United States are clothing, food, furniture and electrical and machinery equipment goods.
- The trucking industry is expected to grow by about 21% over the next ten years.
- There are about 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States.
- There are over 200,000 female long haul
- The EPA emission regulations from recent years have cut the exhaust output of heavy trucks and off-road equipment over 95% in the past 19 years.
- The trucking industry on average collects $650 billion in revenue each year. That’s about 5% of America’s GDP.
- The majority of trucking companies in operation in the United States are small business.
- There are about 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States today.
- 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.
- According to Carrier Builder, the mean national salary for truck drivers is $44,500.
- Annually, trucking accounts for about 70% of all freight transported in the United States.
- 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.
- With the clean diesel trucks that operate today, it would take 60 trucks to equal the exhaust emissions of one truck from 1988.
Trucking has an impact on everything we do and have in our lives. Next time you see a truck on the road, remember how much they help our economy grow and how much truck drivers really do for us.