Truckers have been stereotyped, misrepresented, and slandered for years. Too often opinions regarding Truck drivers are stated as facts. Do you think I’m exaggerating? Try this, picture a trucker in your mind. Who did you visualize, was it a man? Did you know there are more than 200,000 female long-haul truck drivers in the United States? Put away your myths and consider the facts.

Trucks and Truckers Cause Accidents

Many believe trucks and truckers cause an inordinate number of accidents when the facts tell us exactly the opposite. According to Trucker to Trucker.com

  • Trucks are 3 times less likely to be in an accident than a regular automobile.
  • Trucks are 4 times more likely to pass safety inspections compared to regular automobiles and passenger cars.
  • Although you may think trucks are involved in many accidents, trucks are only involved in 2.4% of all automobile accidents.

 Women Are Bad Drivers – Especially in Trucks!

Not only do many studies and statistics dispute this in general—it’s absolutely not true in the trucking industry. Try these facts from The Biggest Myths about Truckers Infographic

  • There are over 200,000 female long-haul truck drivers in America
  • Women are 3 times less likely to get in an accident than a male truck driver
  • Women are 4 times more likely to pass their CDL certification on the first attempt than men are 

Truckers aren’t Important 

Yes, they are. Well, only if you want to eat, take your medication, or heat your home.

“Our economy depends on trucks to deliver ten billion tons of virtually every commodity consumed—over 80 percent of all freight transported annually in the U.S. In the U.S. alone, this accounts for $700.4 billion worth of goods transported by truck.” ATA (American Trucking Association) When Trucks Stop, America Stops. If that’s not enough facts, check these out – Life in America Without Trucking

Just the Facts

There are more myths based on opinion about truckers. For example, truckers do a lot of drugs. Not true. Truckers are consistently tested for substance abuse more than most professions. Truckers are dirty—not even gonna comment. Truckers are uneducated, uncultured, and unintelligent—once again this opinion isn’t based on the facts. The facts are, trucking is a demanding profession that takes great skill, intelligence, and perseverance. Without the dedicated truckers delivering our goods, America would be a third rate country. That’s my opinion, but it’s a fact.

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