Thank a Truck Driver This Christmas! Facts About 2016 Freight Transport
Few people stop to think about the difficult job that truck drivers have. But without responsible drivers to brave the roads and bring freight to its destination, life as many people know it would cease to exist. In a time of giving like the holiday season, it can be easy to look over all that truckers have given to the US economy throughout the year.
According to the American Trucking Associations, truck drivers move roughly 67% of the nation’s freight by weight. With over 26 million trucks on the road transporting over 9 billion tons of freight, it is easy to see the massive impact that drivers have on making economic activity possible in the US.
Especially during the holiday season, a trucker’s efforts can sometimes go unappreciated. Truck drivers pay over $30 billion in highway user taxes and their vehicles make up about 10% of the total number driven on highways.
Especially during the final season of the year, truck drivers spend much more time on the road than they do with their families in most cases. The holidays may be a time for focusing on loved ones, but it’s never a bad idea to give thanks to those who help make the holiday season possible.