While researching the trucking industry’s impact on American consumers, I found this piece prepared by the American Trucking Associations,When Trucks Stop America Stops . This article effectively describes what happens to food, health care, waste removal, transportation, manufacturing, and more in an America without trucking.

According to Forbes Custom, “Trucking is the driving force behind all companies’ worldwide supply chains, moving nearly everything consumed in this country. Nearly 80% of U.S. communities receive their goods exclusively by truck. Virtually all U.S. goods touch a truck during at least one leg of the supply chain. Trucking moves nearly 70% of all freight tonnage in this country. Even goods that have traveled by railroads eventually wind up on a truck for the ‘last mile’ of the delivery.” An America without trucking is an America without goods.

What would happen if the trucking industry suddenly disappeared from our lives?

  • Groceries, fuel, medical supplies, garbage removal, and clean water would all soon become scarce.
  • In a week or two, garbage and waste would become more than a nuisance and an eye sore. It would become a potential health hazard.
  • Grocers would run out of perishables in two or three days.
  • Banks would run short of cash and ATM’s would be out of money in as little as a day.
  • Hospitals and pharmacies would begin running out of medications. For example, some would be out of oxygen in only a day or two.
  • The clean water supply would quickly be disrupted, as vital cargo would not be shipped to water purification plants.
  • Most gas stations would be out of fuel in less than a week, and some, in a day.

I believe many of us take the American trucking industry for granted. I know I have, but considering the statistics, it’s obvious how different our country would be without this vital industry, and the 10 million Americans it employs.