15 Trucking Facts You May Not Know

The trucking industry is complex and full of interesting facts. Take a look at these trucking facts you may not know:

1. One in nine truck drivers are independent drivers.

2. A new cab and trailer can cost anywhere from $110,000 to $260,000 total.

3. It takes trucks longer to stop than it takes a car. Trucks need at least a football field length to come to a complete stop.

4. Typically, U.S. truck drivers log 105,000 miles per year.

5. Izuzu, Daimler, PACCAR and Volvo are the top four truck manufacturers.

6. On average, one in 14 jobs in the U.S. are directly affected by or part of the trucking industry.

7. It would take a trucker 44 hours and 347 gallons of fuel to travel from Los Angeles to New York City.

8. In the U.S., $4,422 worth of goods are shipped per second.

9. The majority of truck drivers in the U.S. are male.

10. If trucks stopped running, then the U.S. would exhaust its clean water supply within four weeks.

11. Within 24 hours of trucks stopping, hospitals would run out of basic supplies.

12. From 1998 to 2002, the size of the U.S. trucking industry grew by 18.9%.

13. The states with the most tractor trailer registrations are Florida, Texas, California, Alabama and Georgia.

14. There are more than 400,000 trucking companies in the U.S.

15. On average, truck drivers travel a distance of 2,965 miles per second.

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Sources: Truckers Report, Professional Driver Institute, Trucker to Trucker, CDL Life and Business Insider

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