The Wheels That Keep On Turning
The Importance of Trucking
Written by
Evan Romo
Tuesday, April 4, 2023

We see them all over the roads each and every day. Driving who knows how many miles for how many hours at a time. Often times, they can be the most annoying thing to deal with! But, there is one thing that we can all agree on. Trucks, and the trucking industry as a whole, are one of the most important contributions to our everyday lives. Sometimes, we may not see it, but what would happen if the trucking industry stopped on a dime? Let’s cover a few of the certainties.

An Essentials Shortage

Right off the bat, we would lose the access to many, if not all, of the essential goods that we have grown to use in our everyday lives. Food… so… much…. food is transported via the trucking industry. Medical supplies for goodness sake. You name it, and the trucking industry probably transports it. This goes hand in hand with the following point.

Economic Disruption

With so many goods paused in transit, inventories for so many businesses would be thrown out the window. Now we’re talking ALL sorts of goods. Essential or not. And with that pause in the process, jobs are lost. Dollars are lost. Millions and billions of them, respectively. It would be one of the biggest blows to our economy, if not THE biggest.

Mother of All Traffic Jams

Remember earlier when I said that often times, semi trucks can be the most annoying thing to deal with? Well, that’s about to ring truer than ever. If semi trucks ceased to operate this very second, can you even fathom the traffic?! It would be a nightmare, and without a doubt the worst blockage of transportation we have ever seen. We’re starting to see a pattern here, right? Without trucking, some of the worst problems we’ve ever seen would arise? We’re seeing this, right?!

A Hit on OUR Wallets

Now, let’s think about ourselves for a second. With jobs lost along with resources, accessibility, and efficiency, what does that usually mean for us? It means that we’re going to be experiencing a SERIOUS spike in prices of goods. On the manufacturers and distributors end, they can no longer rely on the ease of trucking to deliver their products. Now, they have to consider flights, trains, BOAT?! What?! Without the convenience of trucking, it would simply be way too expensive to transport goods.

So we see it now. Without trucking, we are affected in so many ways that we may not imagine at first. Sometimes, it’s important for us to stop and take a second to think about how convenient our lives really are. It’s sort of like the famous saying goes, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” Let’s take a quick second to appreciate our truck drivers.

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