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Why We Need Truck Drivers

Why We Need Truck Drivers | The Road

Technology allows us to control so much of our lives—we shop, we browse, we research, we buy. We expect convenience and fast delivery regardless of the product we’re ordering or its location. But how do those goods actually get to us? The answer is simple: Truck drivers.

According to the American Trucking Association, you move 10.5 billion tons of freight in your trucks every year. That’s 287,671 tons each day. It’s difficult for others outside of the industry to comprehend the amount of time it takes to deliver all that truckload freight—the time each of you spend away from home, missing family and friends, all so the products each of us rely on get to where they’re going.

Now driver shortage has been a long-standing conversation for the industry. But what would happen if all of a sudden, all 3.5 million of you weren’t truck drivers anymore? What if every single driver had a different career path?

Immediate impact: Without truck drivers, consumables become severely limited.

Immediate impact: Without truck drivers, consumables become severely limited | The Road

No matter where you live in the United States, a lack of truck drivers would result in losing access to many of your top food choices.

Unless you live in the Midwest, you wouldn’t have access to many staple crops like wheat, corn, or soybeans. And for the most part access to beef would be limited to areas like Texas, California, and a few choice states in the Midwest. And that lobster or shrimp you’ve been craving? Most seafood would be limited to coastal cities.

And tropical fruits like mangos, pineapple, and papaya might not be available in the continental United States at all.

Ripple effect: Without drivers, every aspect of our lives would be affected

Ripple effect: Without drivers, every aspect of our lives would be affected | The Road

The production of many products is limited to certain regions of the United States. A world without truck drivers would make it difficult to get some of the products we all rely on every single day.

Steel mills are heavily concentrated in the eastern third of the United States, which means transporting large steel products to the Midwest and West Coast would become exceedingly difficult without trucks. And getting gas for your car? Probably not unless you’re in the Southwest where most of the domestic crude oil is found. But since most car manufacturing is limited to a few states like Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and surrounding areas, you might not be able to get that new car anyway.

Wedding and event planners would have to get far more creative since 90% of our flowers are imported and then transported via temperature controlled truck across the country.

What could the future look like without truckload freight?

What could the future look like without truckload freight? | The Road

As we imagine this new world, several unanswerable questions arise:

  • How much plane and train infrastructure would be required to support the nation? What about other delivery models (i.e., drones)?
  • Would more people grow their own food? What about those in urban areas?
  • How would banking react without trucks to move money to different locations? Would it spur an online only system?
  • Would people move across the country to be closer to intermodal/air hubs or states that have a wide array of grown and manufactured products?
  • How would the job market and unemployment rates change with more than three million additional people hunting for career opportunities?
  • How many brands and products would disappear entirely?

The imaginary world that exists without truck drivers is a scary place. This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week-—a good opportunity to reflect on the significant impact each of you have each and every day. Through your dedication to truckload transportation, you make each of our lives better. Without you, commerce would come to a grinding halt. Thank you truck drivers!

Comments

Mariano

The appreciation is acknowledged. But we need to ask for better rates, diesel is going UP, the cost for O/O is raising also, tires, maintenance, inspection, taxes, to name a few. We will feel more appreciated if the rates correlate with the many expenses we incurred.

Thank you

9.13.17

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Angel Rodriguez

I like the way you talk about truck drivers but not the way chrw treat us

9.13.17

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    C.H. Robinson

    Hi Angel,

    We take your concerns seriously and want all contract carriers to have a positive experience working with C.H. Robinson. If you'd like to discuss a particular issue, please reach out to solutions@chrobinson.com to share additional details and we can pass the information along to the appropriate resource.

    Thank you,
    C.H. Robinson Social

    9.14.17

Doyle Sapp

Thank you for encouragement for drivers. I suggest you also communicate this to Congress. The ELD mandate will force many drivers out of the industry. Congress thinks ELD means safer driving by the nations truck drivers. I submit, the opposite will
happen. Drivers will be forced to drive faster. You will see more
trucks cutting off 4 wheelers to get to their destination quicker. Drivers will caught running out of hours because of delays they did
not anticipate like traffic. Trucks will be parked in places you have never seen them before. Congress needs to talk to drivers before implementing this rule.

9.13.17

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Allen Cross

You are wrong there would not not be beef or crops any where,without trucks you couldn't get seeds or fertilizer to grow the crops to feed the cattle. There would be no trains,cars or planes without trucks to haul the materials to make them . In short there would be nothing!!!

9.13.17

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Alfredo Guerrero

I enjoy working with CHR. But this insurance issue with the Chicago office has pretty much halted my tires with CHR. Why is this insurance being transferred to different currencies and denying my assignment of loads for 3 days now. Please advise

9.13.17

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    C.H. Robinson

    Hi Alfredo,

    We'd be happy to look into your concerns. Please send your contact information and details about the issue to solutions@chrobinson.com so we can escalate to the appropriate team.

    Thank you,
    C.H. Robinson Social

    9.14.17

Ian H Clarke

Feeling disappointed

9.13.17

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david

we will find out if they go with ELD how many will get out of trucking?

9.14.17

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