Driver Appreciation Week 2021: Show Your Appreciation and Thank A Truck Driver!
September 16, 2021
This year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 12-18, 2021 and Simple Logistics is celebrating the great impact that drivers have on us. Drivers across the country deliver essential goods that we need in our lives and to keep our economy going.
According to the American Trucking Association, “Driver Appreciation Week was created to celebrate and recognize the important contributions made by the men and women of the trucking industry and is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. “
Here are some interesting facts about truck drivers and their impact that you may not have known…
- How Many People Are Employed in Truck Driving?
Truck driving is a massive industry in the U.S., with 3.6 million employed as professional drivers and 7.95 million working in the transportation field in some way. This accounts for 5.8% of the overall United States workforce!
- What Is the Ethnic Breakdown Among Commercial Truck Drivers?
Truck drivers are diverse, reflecting the United States’ overall racial demographics fairly well. The racial breakdown of truck drivers in the United States is as follows:
- White: 77%
- Hispanic/Latino: 23%
- Black/African American: 17%
- Asian: 4%
- How Many Women Truck Drivers Are There?
It’s no secret that the trucking industry is primarily a male dominant workforce. Though it’s a racially diverse industry, there was only about a 2% increase in the number of women employed in the last 18 years. Today women make up 6.7% of truck drivers. Women In Trucking is an organization with a mission to encourage employment, address obstacles, and celebrate successes of female drivers.
- How Far Do Truck Drivers Drive?
Large trucks traveled 304.9 billion miles, making up 9.4% of the total vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles. That is a lot of miles to keep our goods moving! In fact, 13.4% of all registered vehicles are commercial trucks.
- How Much Freight Do Truck Drivers Haul?
The United States trucking industry is one of the largest revenue streams in the nation’s economy. Trucks transported 11.84 billion tons of freight in 2019. Compared to other freight industries such as rail, trucking moved 72.5% of domestic U.S. freight, 67.7% of U.S. freight to Canada, and 83.1% of U.S. freight to Mexico.
While we celebrate our drivers all year round, this week is a great way to show appreciation to the professional drivers who not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but also keep our highways safe. Join us and #ThankATruckDriver today!
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