Breaker! Breaker! One Nine! Nothing is cooler than hearing truckers speak to each other on their CB radio. Truckers have a life of freedom that most could only dream of. They live on the open road, traveling from place to place. In some cases, they get to experience the world in a way most of us could not.
When you are driving down the road, do you ever stop to consider how important the average trucker is to our lives. Truckers transport consumer goods and services so we can consume as much as we want. That is an important task.
Interesting Trucking Tidbits
The truck driving world is a fascinating one. The majority of truckers are men; there are a few women, but not many. The average age of truckers is 33 years old. The average salary is about $55,000 a year. Most drivers drive 105,000 miles a year and one in nine drivers are independent contractors.
The Cost of a Big Rig
Independent drivers have to purchase their own trucks. This is no cheap venture. A new cab is $80,000-$180,000. A new trailer will cost $30,000-$80,000. A new trailer and cab combo will cost $90,000-$260,000. That is a big price tag, but owning your own rig gives you more control.
Trucks on Gas
On average, trucks use 50 billion gallons of gas a year. Believe it or not, these trucks use standard gas and diesel. They only consume 12.8% of the average gasoline consumed. Though they live their lives on the road, truck driver accidents only account for 2.4% of all vehicle accidents per year. Cars account for 84% of all accidents.
Trucks have Power!
Do not feel bad for the truck driver. Do not let the big rig fool you. Their trucks have more horsepower than any vehicle on the road. A truck’s engine has 400-600 horsepower and lasts for at least 1 million miles, unlike a car whose engine conks out at about 200,000 miles. The average truck packs a lot of heat.
Truck drivers live great independent lives driving behind their power money making machines. If you have a truck that needs attention, 99 Truck Parts is a reputable dealer of truck parts and repairs. We sell used truck parts in Surrey for the Vancouver area. For truck repair in Surrey or in Vancouver give us a call!