How Vital Is Trucking – What If Trucks Stopped Driving?
March 19, 2019
March 19, 2019
The US trucking industry is somewhat like the veins and arteries of the country – and if the industry makes up the veins and arteries, then truckers are the lifeblood. In recognition of the hardworking men and women that journey across our country and keep it ticking along, we’d like to show you exactly why they are so important to the nation – and what would happen if trucks stopped driving.
- Estimates suggest that just over 70% of all cargo ends up on a truck, meaning that you’re likely currently surrounded by objects that completed at least part of their journey to you via truck. To get these goods where they need to be, truck drivers cover a cumulative 4.5 billion miles every year – enough to get to the sun and back 24 times.
- While life in a truck comes with its own advantages, it can also be a tough road to take (quite literally at times). 60-hour weeks are standard, with 11 hours of driving within a 14 hour shift being par for the course. Keeping the country running smoothly isn’t easy!
- The trucking industry is an enormous boon to our economy. It’s estimated that, including jobs that relate to trucking activity, the industry employs around 7.4 million people, with 3.5 million being truck drivers. Interestingly, the number of truck drivers hasn’t changed much over the past few years, which is becoming increasingly apparent as part of the driver shortage the industry is currently facing.
- As the US continues to grow and prosper, truckers will become even more important to our economic well being. The US population still has a lot of growth left in it – estimated to increase by 0.8% per year until 2020, taking us to 334.5 million, and up to 359.4 million by 2030 – which will lead to continuing growth in consumer product demand and general demand from all industries that rely on trucks – which will necessitate even more of them being on the road. The final point below illustrates exactly why so many industries rely on trucks.
- Perhaps the most important (and terrifying) reason why truckers are so important to the nation, is that they are so interwoven into the fabric of America and much else of the world, that they are essentially preventing a complete societal meltdown. Through extensive research, the American Trucking Association looked into how the economy – and the country as a whole – would truly crumble if truckers were to vanish. Some key takeaways are as follows (we’ve prepared an infographic below for a more detailed overview):
Within the first 24 hours deliveries of medical supplies to affected areas will stop, service stations will run out of fuel, and mail deliveries will cease.
Within a day food shortages will begin, gas prices will hugely increase, and assembly lines will begin to shut down without supplies.
In two to three days food shortages will escalate, supplies of essentials at major retailers will run out, and garbage will begin to pile up on streets around the country.
Within a week automobile travel will stop due to fuel supplies running out, and hospitals will run out of oxygen supplies.
Within two weeks the country’s clean water supply will begin to run out
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So there you have it, truckers are some of the most hardworking workers in the nation, who keep our country ticking along and functioning at 100% with their at times superhuman efforts and ability to keep trucking away at the most inhuman of hours.
Next time you pass by a trucker (or know one in your life), why not take a moment to say thanks for the efforts they put in every day!
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