Fast, Fun Facts About the Trucking Industry

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  • A fully-loaded truck can weigh up to 80,000 lb. or more – most cars only weigh about 3,000 lb.
  • Trucks need the length of a football field to come to a full stop
  • In 2018  approximately 7.4 million people were employed by the trucking industry. That means about 5.8% of all American full-time workers had a job thanks to trucking.
  • In 2017, the US trucking industry generated just over $700 billion.
  • 78% of all freight carried in America goes by truck
  • In 2017, trucks moved 10.8 billion tons of freight
  • More than 40% of the jobs in the American trucking industry are held by minorities
  • There are more than 36 million trucks in service in the U.S.
  • 61% of trucking hauls are 100 miles or shorter
  • The average professional long-haul trucker logs more than 100,000 miles per year
  • Most grocery stores would run out of food in just three days if long-haul truckers stopped driving
  • Three-fourths of American communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of
    goods and services