Trucker Appreciation Week runs from Sept. 12-18 this year. We always love to recognize the U.S. truckers out there, because Americans would not have the food and materials they need to survive if it wasn't for them.
Most people have no idea what it takes to be a trucker and how important it is to have these truck drivers. In honor of Trucking Appreciation Week, we wanted to provide you with some statistics that you may not have even thought about, but which make your world a better place!
● 13.4% of all registered vehicles on the road are commercial trucks.
● In 2019 the American Trucking Association moved 11.84 billion tons of freight which totals $772 billion worth of freight.
● The trucking industry is responsible for transporting 70% of the nation's goods.
● In 2019, trucks transported 67.7% of goods between the U.S. and Canada.
● 83.1% of cross-border trade with Mexico was moved by trucks in 2019.
● In 2019, there were 3.6 million truck drivers employed in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association.
● 6.7% of truck drivers are women.
● 41.5% of truck drivers in the U.S. are minorities.
● The average age of a truck driver is 46 years old.
● The average hourly earning for truck drivers is $26.30.
● In 2018 there was a shortage of 60,800 truck drivers, 20% more than the previous year.
● One of the main reasons for the truck driver shortage is retiring truck drivers who need to be replaced.
● In 2018, 11% of all motor vehicle crash deaths involved large trucks.
● Insurance premiums for trucking companies have spiked over the last few years, which total around $12,000 - $14,000.
Statistics taken from JW Surety Bonds
Thank you, truck drivers!