Emergency Preparedness – Give Big Rig Truckers a Brake. . .
And they will probably wind up in the trunk of your car.
Some interesting facts about those huge semi-trucks and those who drive them:
- At 40 mph a partially loaded semi requires over 185 feet to stop. A mini-van – 70 feet.
- Professional drivers have 4:1 fewer accidents than other drivers.
- There are 188 million vehicles on U.S. highways. On the open Interstate about 40% are semis.
- Semi drivers cannot log more than 70 driving hours in an 8-day period, and most do.
- Most drive between 450-600 miles a day, or around 250,000 per year.
- 77% of U.S. cities depend solely on trucking for getting goods to market.
- It would take 5 days to bring the country to a standstill without trucking.
After 9/11, 5,000 planes in the air were grounded by regulators in under three hours, and that industry was shut down for over a week. We learned that what happens elsewhere quickly has local effects. If regulators stopped all trucks for some reason, could you be self-sustaining until they get rolling again?
SEE THE NEED AND THEN PROCEED, TO BE PREPARED.