National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is actually in September. However, we don’t mind mentioning this in October because we believe driver appreciation should be year-round. Drivers—whether they be common carriers or linehaul shippers—sacrifice far more than we give them credit for.
Trucking Industry Statistics
The trucking industry is a big contributor of the economy and supplies jobs to able-bodied individuals all over the country. Here are some interesting food-for-thought figures:
- Trucking comprises 5.8% of full-time jobs in the U.S.
- Freight trucks moved more than 10.8 billion tons of cargo in 2017
- The average trucker drives more than 100,000 miles per year
- In the past decade, emissions from freight trucks have been reduced by half
- The industry generated over $700 billion in 2017
- As of 2019, there are approximately 3.5 million full-time truck drivers
The above figures are made possible due to the dedication of drivers that make up the backbone of the industry.
Why National Truck Driver Appreciation Matters
Truck drivers sacrifice a lot to perform a job that not many people are willing to do. Each trip means spending days away from home and family. On the road, they deal with rush hour traffic, bad weather, and discourteous motorists. With the long hours also comes inconsistent sleeping habits, constantly dining at greasy spoons, and little opportunity for exercise.
We ask that you take the opportunity to thank the driver for your next machine transport. Shake that person’s hand and give him or her a solemn nod of appreciation.
Help Us Support Our Hard-Working Drivers
Whether you require an LTL or Truckload linehaul service, get in touch with Machine Transport. These carrier types are all possible thanks to the devoted men and women who get behind the wheel. Regardless of the month, make every moment a National Truck Driver Appreciation moment.
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