If you were one of the millions of Americans who preordered Apple’s latest gadget—the iPhone 7—and expected it to land on your doorstep this Friday, you could thank a truck driver for being a crucial participant in a choreographed performance involving hundreds of people.
This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 11–17) and at LPS we’re giving a shout-out to the nation’s truck drivers, who form the bedrock of most supply chains. Without these men and women, manufacturing companies would be powerless in getting essential products, as well as coveted luxuries like the latest smartphones to consumers. These goods, neatly stacked into truck trailers include food, clothing, furniture, and industrial parts and equipment. That truck driver you passed driving on the interstate is one of over three million drivers delivering goods across North America.
To help shine a light on the nation’s truck drivers this week, we’ve curated a list of the top 10 things you might not know about truck drivers and their trucks.
Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Truck Drivers and Their Trucks
- Truckers buy about 13 percent of the fuel purchased in the U.S.
- About 60 percent of truck drivers travel with a dog or cat for company.
- Mean annual salary for long-haul truckers is approximately $45,000.
- The average new truck cab cost $80,000–$180,000; trailers cost $30,000–$80,000
- Many truck drivers have hobbies to keep them engaged when not behind the wheel. Photography is a top choice.
- Truck engines are designed to go 1 million miles.
- The average truck driver logs 105,000 miles annually, or 2,020 miles a week.
- The average truck trailer can carry 80,000 pounds of freight.
- Trucks carry approximately two-thirds of freight in the U.S.
- There are over 15 million trucks on U.S. roads.
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