Trucking is a rather invisible driving force behind many companies; moving nearly all goods and products in this country. Trucking companies transport nearly 70% of goods.
How often do you think about how the groceries got to the store and on the shelf? Or, how the gas was delivered to the gas stations? If you are like the average American, you seldom think of the how. We take for granted that our groceries, gas, and other products will always be readily available.
Nearly all goods in the U.S. are delivered by trucks; if not the entire way, then at least for a part of the way. Without trucks America stops. A shut down of truck operations will devastate food supply, healthcare, waste removal, and many other financial sectors.
Is Trucking an Industry of the Past?
Some believe so, however, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are a few reasons why
- The average salary of truck drivers is greater than many other occupations that require similar skill levels and training requirements. This is including construction workers, heavy equipment operators, and forklift operators. The trucking business employs one in every 19 people in the U.S.
- Trucking is a high-tech industry and the use of computers and trucking software is extremely popular. The top trucking companies are constantly upgrading trucks with better systems, improved aerodynamics and stronger and lighter materials.
- The transportation industry comprises more than 10 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, which is approximately $1.4 trillion.
- 82% of the money spent on transportation in the United States is spent in the trucking industry.
- Truck drivers haul 71 percent of all freight moved throughout the U.S.
Almost everyone agrees that the demand for freight transportation is going to continue its upward climb for the foreseeable future. In June of 2015, the American Trucking Association (ATA) released a report on the future of the trucking industry. Their prediction: a growth of nearly 30% over the next 11 years.
There has been much progress and advancement made in the trucking industry in the past, and a lot more is along the way.
Just some of the highlights include
As with any other industry in America, economic deregulation has worked well with trucking. It has resulted in lower costs and higher service levels, with innovative services. Trucking companies are responsible for delivering the majority of the domestic transportation market, regarding both volume and revenue. No other mode of transportation can deliver such volume to every neighborhood, on every street, 24/7, with on-time delivery. This has helped the industry increase its market share over the past decade and will continue to increase for the future as well.
The future is here; Freightliner has designed a self-driving truck. There are fully functional driverless trucks. There are a Level 3, autonomous vehicles, which means truckers are still required. According to Freightliner, they are still decades away from a complete self-driving truck with no human interaction, so there is no need to look for a new career.
What Will Fuel the Vehicles?
Diesel is here to stay; however, different energy sources are being tried and tested for fuel efficiency. The advancements in emissions expect the diesel use to overcome gasoline. Some are even leaning towards natural gas. What does this mean for the future of the truck industry? Possibly cheaper, more efficient, safer ways to haul our goods.
Unlike other jobs, trucking jobs cannot be outsourced and will remain in the United States. That alone should give drivers a sense of security. The need for truck drivers will continue to grow if the turnover rate remains high. Owner operators employed by transportation logistics providers, and those who partner with a non-forced dispatch company have a secure and flourishing future.
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