J.J. and I are back on the road. It actually took us 65 miles or nearly 90 minutes to navigate the Los Angeles Tuesday morning traffic to reach Interstate-15. Roads were filled with long-haul trucks. It makes us ponder how much of our travel is impacted by short and long haul trucks.
Nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the US goes on trucks. It requires 3.5 million truck drivers to move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually.
Truck drivers (especially long-haul) are now facing several challenges:
an image crisis due to the long working hours
long periods of time away from home
the dangerous nature of the work
Currently, the nationwide truck drivers shortage is 51,000. By 2022, the trucking industry projects a shortage of more than 100,000 drivers. This could result in rising price of nearly all commodities.
Something to think about the next time you drive along side a long-haul truck with a Costco or Walmart logo.