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Fun, Fast Facts About Trucking

Trucking is a thriving and interesting industry. Compiled here from various trusted sources is an interesting list of fun trucking facts you probably didn’t know. The list shows more than what truckers haul, but who truckers are and how they contribute to the economy, the environment and the industry.

  • The top transported goods in the United States are clothing, food, furniture and electrical and machinery equipment/goods
  • In 2012, the trucking industry accounted for 12.8% of all the fuel purchased in the United States
  • 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 collects, on average, $650 billion in revenue each year, which is about 5% of America’s GDP
  • The trucking industry is expected to grow by about 21% over the next ten years
  • In the United States, there are over 200,000 female long haul drivers
  • 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 CareerBuilder, the mean national salary for truck drivers is $44,500
  • There are about 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States
  • There are about 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States today
  • Annually, trucking accounts for about 70% of all freight transported in the United States
  • Most trucking companies in operation in the United Sates are small businesses
  • With the clean diesel trucks that operate today, it would take 60 trucks to equal the exhaust emissions of one truck from 1988
  • In 2012, trucking carried nearly $13 trillion worth of freight weighing approximately 14 billion tons
  • 97% of all for-hire fleets are 20 trucks or less
  • 90.5% of all for-hire fleets are 6 trucks or less
  • 50+% of all for-hire fleets are thought to be one truck operations
  • 55% of owner-operators are away from home 151-300+ nights a year
  • The average owner-operator has a 2003 model year truck
  • The fatal crash rate of large trucks per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2012 was 1.46, which represents a 36.5% reduction in over the last decade
  • 36% of all owner-operators served in the military
  • On average, the owner-operator has been driving for over 20 years

So, the next time you’re on the road, look around and take note of the different kinds of trucks and consider the important part they play in every corner of our lives. Trucks make the world go around!

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