Trucking soared to new heights in 2014, and American Trucking Associations has the scoop on all the numbers. Here are some highlights from the latest release of “American Trucking Trends.”
State of the Industry
The ATA reports that trucking grossed a whopping $700.4 billion in 2014. A grand total of about 3.4 million truckers employed across 1.3 million carriers.
How many miles did you drive last year? The average truck logs almost 70,000 miles per year these days. Last year, all that driving moved about 10 billion tons of freight — about 70% of all commercial freight.
Slowing Down: Safety and Fuel Efficiency
Trucking can be dangerous, but the driver is in control. Speeding is often a major factor in fatal trucking accidents. The ATA report reminds all of us to slow down. Lower speeds also improve fuel efficiency. Your truck will use 27% less fuel at 65 mph compared to 75 mph.
Speed Limits: In addition to watching your own speedometer, truckers should be aware of roadways with extremely high speed limits — especially in Texas, South Dakota, Utah, and Idaho.
Speed limiters: The ATA also urges the federal government to take action on the issue of speed limiters. ATA research finds that adding limiters to large trucks would increase safety for everyone on the road.
What’s the most interested load you have ever hauled? Along with covering trucking trends, the ATA brings up some fun facts:
Truckers, is 2015 going the way you expected? How do you feel about the future of the industry? Follow the TruckerToTrucker.com blog for the latest trends — and if you need to buy or sell a truck for the next stage of your trucking career, head over to our listings.
Hot weather can sometimes be harder on your truck that cold weather and we need to know the tips for keeping our trucks safe for us and other drivers. With temperatures rising, the heat can be bad for our tires. If you add high temperatures to increased friction, high speeds, and turning corners on hot asphalt, this can cause your tire to heat beyond the recommended temperature, potentially causing a blowout. A tire blowout not only affects us, but can affect those around us, too.
What are the best ways to prevent a tire blowout during the summer heat?
Knowing these tips can possibly help you prevent a tire blowout and keep you going on your trip and keep others safe.
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Trucker’s tan — it’s no joke. At some point, you’ve probably experienced a tanned left forearm after driving in short sleeves. Although we work with a roof over our heads, we receive countless hours of sun exposure through our windows and windshield. The sun’s UV rays are doing their work whether we notice it or not.
The problem goes beyond looking young. Skin cancer ranks among the deadliest forms of cancer, and truckers need to be especially cautious as a matter of health.
A few years ago, the story of an extreme case of trucker sunburn made the news. A 69-year-old veteran trucker had developed such terrible radiation burns while driving that the left side of his face was wrinkled, leathery, and sagging — while the right side of his face appeared in pretty good shape for his age.
This isn’t an isolated case, either. Studies show that more than half of all melanoma cases occur on the left side of the body. Getting behind the wheel means exposing yourself to sun damage.
Sun Protection Tips for Truck Drivers
Glass blocks some UV rays, but not completely. They come in UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Glass can stop most UVC rays, but those are not the main cause of aging and cancer. UVA and UVB penetrate automotive glass and these are the forms of sunlight that lead to tanning, wrinkling, aging, and various forms of skin cancer.
Truckers, do yourself a favor and protect your skin:
When you’re on the road, being healthy can sometimes take a back seat. You’re sitting in the truck for hours at a time, unable to get much exercise and a lot of that time is spent snacking or eating fast food because it’s quick and convenient. But, if you want to be a healthier, happier truck driver, TheHealthyTrucker,net is helpful resource for you and your family. Their team includes industry experts to offer you advice in different area, calling themselves your co-driver for the “fitness of mind, body & wallet.”
Here are some of the tips they offer:
With so much more to offer, visit TheHealthyTrucker.net, a free resource, for more information.
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