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Why is Trucking Important?

May 5, 2019

  

 

 We see them all the time; on the streets on the freeway, freight trucks are everywhere. But we find ourselves wondering sometimes exactly why there are so many trucks on the roads? What are they carrying? Why is finding quality drivers so important? Well we’re here to try to help answer some of those questions and help explain just how important the trucking industry really is.

 

The Economy

Freight trucks move so much product that they are a key aspect of our economy. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, freight moved by trucks totaled over $700 billion in 2017 alone. A number that has been and is still growing every year. The recession took its toll on the country and the trucking industry suffered greatly. Now that the recession is over, demand for product and deliveries is increasing especially with the increase in online shopping, and the reputation of the trucking industry can’t be redeemed fast enough to keep up. Its safe to say that the economy would greatly suffer without our trucks and our drivers.

 

The Goods

About 70% of all freight moved is done by truck. That means the food that we buy from the grocery store was brought by truck, the food that we eat in restaurants is brought by trucks (the ingredients at least). Almost everything we own in our possession was brought to us by trucks and the people driving them. This is why it’s important to realize just how important the trucking industry is. More trucks and more drivers means more products delivered which means fuller shelves in stores and faster service for the consumer. Imagine walking into a grocery store or an electronics store with the shelves empty and just about everything out of stock because they haven’t received their freight