To ask someone who is not a truck driver how they feel about the trucking industry can be interesting. If you have wondered what the rest of the nation has to say about the trucking industry, here is your chance to find out. The Trucking Moves America Forward campaign recently published some facts from a five-year-long poll. Check it out to see how the public really feels about trucking and truck drivers.
They Like You
The biggest takeaway is that the American public is in favor of the trucking industry. In fact, 67 percent of drivers in the US stated they feel the trucking industry is a good thing. The survey also reports that 70 percent of US drivers are “overwhelmingly positive about the trucking industry’s safety record.”
The public feels those working in the trucking industry are doing what they can to be safe and are successful at it. That’s great news, considering the “primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.” The FMCSA appears to be doing its part in terms of public appearance in making sure the industry is safe for truck drivers, four wheelers, and motorcyclists alike.
Beneficial to the Economy
The general public is equally aware of how beneficial the trucking industry is to the US economy. Seventy-four percent of drivers see the trucking industry as very important for the economy. This is an increase of three percent at 71 percent three years ago in 2015.
This is a positive sign that drivers understand and appreciate what the industry does.
They Understand Trucking
Along with having an appreciation for truck drivers, four wheeler operators understand what the industry does, sort of. Just over half at 57 percent of drivers in the US believe trucks move more than air cargo or rail freight. While this is a good jump up from 2015 when 49 percent of motorists thought the trucking industry moved the bulk of freight.
By the way, the true statistic here is that the trucking industry moves 71 percent of the freight in the nation. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics also highlights the differences in freight loads per industry in 2016 and 2017:
- Trucking industry transported $721 billion in freight in 2017, up 3 percent from 2016
- Rail industry hauled way less at $174 billion in freight in that same time, up 5.2 percent from a year ago
- Pipeline industry moved just $65 billion in freight, up a whopping 31.3 percent
- Air cargo industry transported the least amount at $44 billion in freight, up 5.3 percent
- Vessel or ship freight constituted $76 billion in freight in 2017, which is a massive 29.6 percent increase from last year but not near enough to touch the trucking industry
In fact, when combined, the air, rail, ship, and pipeline industries make up only half of the total freight in the US–at $359 billion compared to the trucking industry’s $721 billion.
The numbers clearly show the trucking industry to be at the forefront of providing freight. It’s unfortunate that one out of two people doesn’t know that. However, it just gives you the opportunity to tell them the facts.
The more the general public is aware of how much the trucking industry does and provides for the nation, the better the support for truck drivers. After all, when the public is concerned for the health and safety of truckers, it will help push politicians to make the right moves in terms of supporting the industry.
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Source: TMAF – Press Release