Twenty-Seven Terrific Trucking Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.
Here at Flexistaff Solutions, we’re all about trucks. Big trucks, small trucks, some as big as your head!
OK, so there are no trucks that are as big as your head, as that’d be too small. However, what we can guarantee is that we’ve got some facts here that will blow your mind. And your mind is in your head, so there, we’ve come full circle.
So, without further ado, here are twenty-seven terrific trucking facts that will blow your mind.
1. Gas Guzzlers.
The average 18-wheeler consumes around 20,500 gallons of fuel every year. A regular driver will consume around 500 gallons per year.
2. Out with The Old.
It would take around 60 modern trucks to produce the exhaust emissions of a single truck from 1988.
3. Big Spenders.
It’s reported that the trucking industry accounts for around 5% of all GDP in the USA.
4. Long Story.
The average length of a truck in the UK is around 53 feet long.
5. Now Hiring.
There’s currently a large shortage of truck drivers in the UK, with an estimated 35,000 wanted/needed by the industry. This is the perfect opportunity for you to earn your CPC licence and bag yourself a trucking job! To find out more, click here.
6. Big Numbers.
Around 2.5 million people in the UK work in the haulage and logistics industry. Bear in mind Norway has a population of around 5.5 million people…
Each 44-tonne truck contributes around £60,000 in fuel and VAT to the economy every year.
Most trucking-related injuries occur when changing lanes.
9. Double Ouch.
The three most common factors that lead to trucking accidents are driver fatigue, speeding, and truck performance issues.
10. Growth Spurt.
In 2015, it was predicted the trucking industry would grow around 20% over the next 10 years. As it stands, this looks to be correct.
11. Popular with Our Transatlantic Cousins.
Trucking accounts for around 70% of all freight transport in the USA.
12. Money, Money.
The average salary for a truck driver in the UK is around £24,000 per year.
13. Marathon, Not a Sprint.
14. More, More!
More than 400,000 heavy trucks (weighing in at over 15 tonnes) were produced in Europe in 2016.
15. Superior Transport.
Road freight accounts for around 75% of all freight transported. Second is rail freight at around 18%, and lastly waterway or boat freight at around 7%.
16. Reach for The Stars.
Enough trucks are operating in the USA today that, if you lined them all up, they’d stretch from the Earth to the moon.
17. Regular Drivers.
One in 14 Americans works in the trucking industry.
Around 98% of all agricultural and food products in the UK are transported via trucks and haulage vehicles.
19. Oh, Baby, a Double!
98% of consumer products and machinery in the UK are also transported via trucks and haulage vehicles. What are the odds?!
20. Stopping Power.
The average truck needs around 40% more time to stop than a car. Bear this in mind if you’re on the road in front or behind a truck.
21. Be Your Own Boss.
Nearly 15% of haulage workers are self-employed.
22. Frozen Foods.
Nearly 90% of the food consumed by Americans is transported in refrigerated trucks.
23. Wide Load.
The widest motorway in the UK has 17 lanes of traffic across several carriageways. It’s located on the M61 in Greater Manchester.
24. The Unlucky Number.
In 2012, it’s reporting that the trucking industry was responsible for nearly 13% of all petrol purchased in the USA.
25. Better with Age.
A 38-tonne truck from around the year 2000 would typically achieve 7mpg. Modern 44-tonne trucks can manage 9mpg – an improvement of around 28%.
26. The Proclaimers.
The average truck engine is designed to travel over 1 million miles before being retired, whereas the average car engine is designed to last only 200,000 miles.
27. Busy Busy.
The bustiest motorway in the UK is the M25, which averages around 200,000 people every day between junctions 13 and 14.
Do you think we’ve missed any important facts? Or perhaps you have some of your own facts about trucking? Either way, let us know by leaving us a comment! Don’t forget to check out our website for more information about how you can earn your driver CPC licence. Or, if you’re looking for more truck-based blogs, click here.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the road!