Of the many lessons we’ve learned throughout the pandemic, the critical role of truck drivers remains one of the most significant. To put it simply, without the people keeping things moving, the supply chain suffers. These truckers represent industry resilience, ensuring that deliveries and shipments are fulfilled before, during and after COVID-19.
Did you know? – The trucking industry is foundationally important to the United States.
Currently, 70% of all freight transported in the United States is done through one of the 15.5 million truck currently in operation according to this source.
What’s also important to note is that almost 80% of communities residing within the United States rely exclusively on trucks for the delivery of their goods.
Did you know? – Trucking is a dynamic industry for growth.
At present, the trucking industry collects, on average, $650 billion in revenue each year. That is about 5% of America’s GDP. The mean salary for a truck driver in the United States meanwhile is $44,500 according to Career Builder. This is likely to grow as over the next decade, the trucking industry is estimated to grow over 21%.
This growth can already be seen as The Department of Transportation registers more than 40,000 commercial driver’s licenses per month.
90% of the trucking industry in the United States is made up of small business trucking companies with ten or less trucks.
Did you know? – Truckers need more appreciation.
Of the millions of truck drivers, more than 169 billion miles are logged each year collectively from all the drivers.
In regards to expectations, drivers are typically expected to cover 125,000 miles per annum. That breaks down to around 2,500 miles a week, which equates to 500 miles a day.
As you can see, there is a lot that truckers and the trucking industry should be applauded for. They are a very large part of not only ensuring the supply chains run smoothly, but also and all too often the unsung backbone of America.
Sources: Trucker to Trucker, Equipment World, uShip, The Trucker Report, Vanguard Attorneys, Career Builder, CDL Life, Jobs.netAll Articles