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The United States depends on truckers. Truckers keep America going by driving countless hours to deliver the cargo we desire. Given the current situation of COVID-19, many people are starting to realize the importance of truckers. Trucking accounts for the vast majority of America’s freight. In fact, truck drivers deliver nearly 80% of America’s freight. Truckers truly are the backbone of America.
Here are some interesting facts about the amazing trucking industry
The average long-haul trucker logs more than 100,000 miles per year
Truckers can drive up to 11 hours a day in a seven day work period. Most drivers will average 2,000 to 3,000 miles a week. Over the course of the year, a trucker can easily exceed 100,000 miles. The average american logs just over 13,000 a year!
The trucking industry powers america
Semi trucks flood the interstates and highways. That’s because truckers move 80% of cargo in the United States. According to truckinfo there are nearly 15.5 million trucks that operate in the U.S. and 2 million are tractor trailers.
Grocery stores would be empty in three days
Grocery stores are always working hard to keep their shelves stocked. It seems like they have an endless amount of supplies in the store. Truck drivers deliver freight to the stores several times a week. A report from Business Insider states, “if long haul truckers completely stopped, grocery stores would be empty in 3 days.”
Approximately 5.8% of jobs in America are in the trucking industry
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , in 2018 there were about 129 million full-time jobs in America. Approximately 7.4 of those jobs were trucking industry related. The trucking industry provides around 5.8% of Americans with full time jobs. Some of the trucking related jobs include: dispatchers, customer service representatives, trucking company owners.