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Important Lessons on Trucking from Iowa
It's five o'clock in the morning when a veteran trucker begins the arduous task of applying and securing several truck
tarps to his lumbar load. Leaving the yard ahead of him is a driver hauling a dry goods trailer full of finished wood
products. Both drivers will face a long day on the road with car drivers who have no idea what it takes to drive a big rig.
Between truck tarps, maintaining reefer units, and everything else that goes along with professional truck driving, the
work is certainly demanding. Far too often, America's truck drivers feel as though the nation does not fully appreciate
the work they do. Well, they appreciate truck drivers in Iowa. The rest of us could learn a few lessons from them.
Survey Shows Positive Results
A recent survey commissioned by the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation suggests a very good perception of the trucking
industry among Hawkeye State residents. The survey, conducted by RABA Research, is part of a much broader project to
raise awareness of the trucking industry in Iowa and across the country.
According to the survey, 66% of Iowans know that the trucking industry pays well compared to many other kinds of bluecollar jobs in the US. Nearly 75% of the respondents are fully aware of the contributions of the trucking industry in
supporting the agricultural industry throughout the state.
Iowans have a positive view of truckers because they know how important the services these individuals are to the
national economy. Where others may only think about truck tarps flapping in the breeze or having to share interstates
with convoys of trucks heading in the same direction, Iowans understand that without the trucking industry our economy
would be in serious straits.
Three Things Trucking Contributes
How vital is trucking to the U.S. economy? More vital than most people know. In fact, the average consumer would very
likely be surprised to learn that more than 70% of all of the goods transported from coast-to-coast complete at least part
of the journey on the back of the truck. Trucks move our economy.
Here are three things trucking contributes that most people are unaware of:
Moderate Consumer Prices – Trucking is extremely popular as a freight forwarding strategy because it is the
most inexpensive way to move both raw and finished goods. Thanks to an extensive interstate highway system
built after WWII, we can now get goods from coast-to-coast quickly and efficiently. That keeps prices low and
American Jobs – At a time when companies are looking overseas where cheaper labor markets make
manufacturing more efficient, it is not possible to outsource trucking jobs. The trucking industry provides a
tremendous number of jobs for Americans who go to work every day, pay their bills, and support their families.
We could not imagine the devastation to the nation's employment if the trucking industry were ever to go under.
Other Business Opportunities – The trucking industry is supported by a number of tertiary industries that supply
the parts and equipment truckers need. For example, somebody needs to manufacture and sell the truck tarps
and load locks that drivers use to secure their cargo. Another company makes truck tires while the other is
actually producing the tractors and trailers that make it all work.
Whether it is Ohio-based Mytee Products selling cargo control supplies or the Port of Long Beach contracting with
truckers to move shipping containers, a sizable portion of our economy depends on a robust trucking industry. Iowans
know that already; the rest of the country should be made aware of it too.
1. Business Record - http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/Default/-All-Latest-News/Article/Survey-Iowansview-trucking-industry-positively/-3/248/73598
2. Mytee Products - http://www.myteeproducts.com/general-cargo-control.html