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Interesting Trucking Industry Facts and Stats

Many people take the trucking industry for granted in order to enjoy goods transported all over the United States, without ever thinking about how valuable this industry is for our country and commerce. Even if you are a truck driver, you might not know the extent to which your service benefits the masses.


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The following are a list of some interesting trucking industry stats and facts, in no particular order. You can share them with others and impress them with your extensive knowledge of the trucking industry.


  • Truck drivers can spend up to 11 hours a day driving and sitting in semi-truck seats.
  • The 1.3 billion chicken wings consumed during this year’s Super Bowl were all delivered by trucks.
  • 2% of NAFTA fright imported and exported from the U.S. was carried by trucks.
  • Fatal accidents involving trucks have dropped more than 40% since 2005.
  • 81% of people believe truckers are safer drivers than other motorists.
  • By 2024 there will be an estimated shortage of 174,000 truck drivers in the U.S.
  • Driving 65 mph uses 27% less fuel than driving 75 mph.


In 2013, if you were to connect all the trucks delivering loads within the U.S. alone, the entire chain of trucks would reach from the Earth to the Moon more than 11 times!


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  • Truckers are responsible for delivering more than 33 million Christmas trees each holiday season.
  • Truckers deliver more than 257 million red roses and 40 million boxes of chocolates every Valentine’s Day.
  • The trucking industry generated more than $700 billion in revenue in 2014.
  • In 2014, approximately 9.96 billion tons of freight were moved by trucks.
  • The total freight transported by trains in 2013 can be moved by trucks in just 9 days!
  • Most truckers drive an average of 125,000 miles each year, or 500 miles per day.


Since truck drivers spend so much time on the road, it is important they have a comfortable and ergonomically correctly truck seat. For assistance in finding the best replacement truck seat for your rig, contact the truck seat experts at Suburban Seating & Safety today by calling (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328).




Six Facts About the Evolution of Semi-Trucks

Semi-trucks keep America strong by providing a reliable means of transporting goods. Semis travel more than 146 billion miles in the U.S. each year, and transport 70 percent of goods and commodities. The semi-truck and the market for truck seats and accessories have come a long way in the century they’ve been in use.


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Century? That’s right. Semis were first invented in the late 1800s, making them more than 100 years old. Here are a few other little-known facts about the history of semi-trucks and their future:


  • The first semi-truck was invented in Cleveland, Ohio in 1898 by Alexander Winton.
  • Winton owned one of the early automobile companies and needed a vehicle to transport his automobiles to customers. Winton didn’t want the vehicles driven to his customers, who were located all over the country, because it would put wear and tear on the product. This need led to the development of the first tractor trailer.
  • Winton didn’t do much beyond this initial invention, so the further development of the semi-truck was left to other inventors. August Charles Fruehauf developed a semi in 1914, and it caught on as a means of transporting lumber. Fruehauf’s company, Fruehauf Trailer Company, is still in business.
  • Mack Trucks was an early innovator in the tractor trailer field. Between 1929 and 1944, the company produced more than 2,600 big trucks – a significant number during those years.
  • Semi-trucks resembling today’s modern 18-wheel trucks had their debut in the 1950s when Navistar and Freightliner began producing trucks with six wheels or more and overhead sleepers. The evolution of the Interstate Highway System beginning in the 50s also helped fuel the trucking revolution, as convenient and safe highways made trucking more efficient than rail transport. The market for truck accessories began growing at this time, as drivers demanded greater comfort and safety on the road.

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  • Today, efforts to innovate in the trucking industry are resulting in more fuel efficient vehicles that emit fewer pollutants. Nearly a third of all big rigs on the road today are near-zero emission vehicles, and the industry is working to increase that number.

Suburban Seating & Safety is a family-owned aftermarket auto seats and truck accessory company. In business since 1947, Suburban Seating & Safety has built a reputation for offering a wide selection of accessories from top manufacturers and ensuring clients’ specific needs are met. To learn more, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.


Seven Safety Secrets for Professional Truck Drivers

Thanks to their training and long hours spent driving in truck seats, professional truck drivers are some of the safest motorists on America’s highways. In fact, the vast majority of accidents that truckers get into are the fault of other motorists, according to the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association.


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Professional truckers know that there is always room for improvement regarding safety, and some of the best suggest the following tips for on-the-road safety:

  • Load your cargo the smart way – The higher your cargo is stacked, the more drag you create on the truck, impairing fuel economy. Stack the cargo low and spread it throughout the space of your truck to keep your truck nimble and boost gas mileage.
  • Avoid distractions – Although it should go without saying that drivers should avoid texting and fiddling with their phones on the road, many people do it anyway. In many cases, distracted driving puts you at greater risk of an accident than drunk driving. Just don’t do it.
  • Check your truck regularly – Before starting each day, give your truck a good check. Take a look at fluid levels, mirror placement, tire condition, brakes, and other important features. If anything is off, get it taken care of as soon as possible.
  • Watch the weather – Being aware of weather conditions where you’re at and where you’re going will help you better plan your trip and adjust for changing conditions. Don’t let a thunderstorm or other serious weather condition catch you unaware. Listen to weather reports and check weather apps on your smartphone at stops.
  • Be careful of blind spots – Know where your blind spots on your vehicle are and take steps to ensure you avoid colliding with vehicles that may be in those spots. New electronic monitoring equipment hitting the market is greatly helping to reduce blind spot accidents.
  • Reduce speed in construction zones – Because trucks are difficult to stop, they are especially dangerous in construction zones. Be sure to slow down in these areas. You’ll not just decrease the likelihood of an accident, you’ll also reduce your risk of getting a very expensive ticket for speeding through a work zone.
  • Stay healthy – Maintaining yourself is just as important as maintaining your truck. Get plenty of rest, eat right, and pace yourself on the road. Also, put in a little time at the gym when possible. Strong, alert drivers get into fewer accidents and have less downtime from injury or exhaustion.



Suburban Seating & Safety is a family-owned aftermarket auto seats and truck accessory company. In business since 1947, Suburban Seating & Safety has built a reputation for offering a wide selection of accessories from top manufacturers and ensuring clients’ specific needs are met. To learn more, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.


Five Essential Accessories for Long Haul Trips

Let’s face it. 12 hours in a truck seat can get uncomfortable. Uncomfortable drivers are less productive and may also be more likely to get into accidents.


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Fortunately, truckers have a variety of techniques to stay comfortable and safe on long hauls, and there are also many accessories on the market to make their journeys less burdensome. For truck drivers searching for new gear, check out these great accessories that are perfect for long trips:


  • RoadWatch Safety Equipment – This system keeps drivers aware of road conditions by monitoring road surface temperature and outside air temperature. Long haul truckers know the dangers presented by icy roads. The RoadWatch system can keep them aware of potential dangers, helping them avoid accidents.
  • Device Mounts for Smartphones – Smartphones are handy for navigation and communications, but drivers shouldn’t fiddle with them while operating a big truck. Device mounts provide easy access for navigation and voice-activated calling and texting.
  • Mattresses – When you’re getting a little downtime at a truck stop or other rest area, having a quality mattress helps. Innerspace mattresses are designed specifically for trucks and provide the comfort needed to help truckers get some much-needed shut-eye on long hauls.
  • Document Holders – Losing track of important documents like insurance, ID cards, and other required paperwork can help you avoid wasting time searching for them and problems that may arise if you lose them. A good document holder can help keep you organized on the road.
  • Cushions – Ergonomic seating is important to the performance and career longevity of truckers – bad support can contribute to many back issues that can cut short a career. Seat cushions in big trucks can get worn out by the day to day task of keeping drivers comfortable and supported. For drivers looking for an upgrade, Suburban Seating & Safety offers cushy and comfy replacements.


Long Haul Trips


Suburban Seating & Safety is a family-owned aftermarket auto seats and truck accessory company. In business since 1947, Suburban Seating & Safety has built a reputation for offering a wide selection of accessories from top manufacturers and ensuring clients’ specific needs are met. To learn more, call 1-844-SAS-SEAT.