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The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill. To move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. It also takes almost 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Simply - without trucks, America stops.


Fuel Consumption

  • 54.3 billion gallons of fuel consumed by those trucks used for business purposes in 2016
    • 38.8 billion gallons of diesel fuel
    • 15.5 billion gallons of gasoline
  • The trucking industry spent $105.2 billion buying diesel fuel in 2015 and is on pace to spend $89.7 billion in 2016.
  • Diesel fuel is often the second highest expense for motor carriers after labor and can be as much as 20% of total operating costs.

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