Introduction to Trucking in America

Welcome to my blog: Truck Drivers of America.

Whether you realize it or not, trucking is a massive aspect of the U.S. economy. According to the American Trucking Association‘s estimates, 10.5 billion tons of freight are moved annually by trucks in America; to put this number in perspective, it means that trucks move over 70% of the nation’s freight by weight. In fact, trucking has been called “the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.” In order to make all of this happen, there are currently over 3.5 million people employed as truck drivers in the U.S.

Unfortunately, truck drivers suffer from many challenges. It’s not at all uncommon for them to work for 14 hours straight in a single day, and they face numerous health concerns, principally due to an extremely sedentary lifestyle, a huge amount of time exposed to the sun, a poor diet, and a complete lack of a consistent sleep cycle. In addition, truck drivers are almost always on the move, making a social life difficult and a stable family life nearly impossible.

In the next two installments, I will further explore the unique and difficult lives that truckers face.

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