Fast, Fun Facts About the Trucking Industry

Truck Driving School Rochester NY

  • 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
  • More than 9 million people are employed in the trucking industry – that's one out of every 14 U.S. jobs
  • There are 3.2 million tractor-trailer drivers in the United States
  • 78% of all freight carried in America goes by truck
  • There are over 400,000 trucking companies in the U.S.
  • In 2000, America's professional drivers drove 200 billion miles – enough for 1,000 round trips to the sun
  • There are more than 36 million trucks in service in the U.S.
  • 61% of trucking hauls are 100 miles or shorter
  • Businesses choose trucks for 82¢ out of every dollar they spend on shipping
  • In the 5-year period from 1998 through 2002, the size of the U.S. trucking market increased in value by 18.9% to a staggering $468.2 billion
  • Three-fourths of American communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of
    goods and services

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