The mission of TMAF is to establish a long-term, industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry and ensure that the policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy. The movement was launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show.
Members behind the movement include Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Peterbilt Motors Company, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, and Love’s Travel Stops.
TMAF continues to pick up steam and garner press. Pilot Flying J’s founder James A. Haslam II just donated $1.25 million to the cause, the largest cash donation to date.
If you don’t think the impact of trucking is far-reaching and critical to the economy, consider these facts:
- There are over 3 million truck drivers in the U.S.
- Trucking makes up the largest portion of the American transportation industry – about 27 percent. Top goods that are hauled include clothes, food, furniture, and machinery.
- Truckers use up to 50 billion gallons of gas each year, which accounts for about 12-13% of the nation’s fuel consumption.
- About 84% of trucking-related accidents are the other driver’s fault (the car).
- A truck’s engine is six times bigger than a car engine and can go up to one million miles.
- One out of nine truckers is an independent driver.
- Businesses choose trucks for 82 cents out of every dollar they spend on shipping.
- A fully loaded truck weighs about 80,000 pounds.
- Almost 62% of trucking hauls are 100 miles or less.
- 78% of freight in America is driven by trucks.
- The average daily run for a long-haul driver is 500 miles.
- In 2015, the freight transportation industry is predicted to carry 18 billion tons of freight, generating $1.3 trillion in revenue.
- Total tonnage volumes will grow by 32%.
- Trucking exclusively serves over 80% of all communities in the U.S.
What do you think about TMAF? Are you excited to see the trucking industry get a makeover? Let us know in the comments!