8 Interesting Trucking Facts

The transportation industry is constantly changing in response to an ever-increasing demand for the movement of consumer and commercial goods. Listed below are some fun facts about the largest segment of that industry: trucking!

  1. The top transported goods in the U.S. are clothing, food, furniture and electrical goods. Necessities anyone?
  2. EPA emission regulations have cut the exhaust output of heavy trucks more than 95% in the past 19 years. Breathe easy!
  3. The trucking industry is expected to grow about 21% over the next 10 years. more jobs + more good moving = happy country!
  4. A commercial truck used about 20,500 gallons of fuel per year, compared to about 500 gallons for a standard car. Consider that the next time you feel the pain at the pump!
  5. The average national salary for truck drivers is $44,500. Not too shabby for a hard days work.
  6. About 3.5 million truck drivers operate about 15.5 million trucks in the united states. Talk about job security.
  7. Annually, trucking accounts for about 70% of all freight transported in the U.S. Take that, railroads!
  8. With the clean diesel trucks today, it would take 60 trucks to equal the exhaust emissions from one truck from 1988. Breathe easy, again!