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Copy of Driverz Newsletter #4

Top Stories (News)

  • Trucking conditions improved in December due to several factors including fleet capacity, higher freight volumes, and strong rates (link)

  • Fresh food is at risk due to driver shortage (link)

  • Trucking protests become volatile and unruly in Ottawa as drivers continue to dispute a rule that requires them to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to cross the US-Canada border (link)

The Community (Influencers & Media)

  • From nursing to trucking, Leah Gorham decided to switch career paths. Read about her remarkable experience on the open road (link)

  • With over 300,000 subscribers, female trucker and influencer, Angelica Larson, rakes in an additional $72,000 annually from her youtube channel (link)

  • Trucker, Navdeep Singh, lifted a driver after his truck collided and allowed him to breathe, most likely saving his life. Listen firsthand to his heroic acts of bravery (link)

Statistics & Data

  • Demand for transportation in the U.S. accounts for a significant portion of the U.S. economy – between $1.3 trillion and $1.8 trillion, or 9.4% of the GDP (link)

  • Between 2012 and 2016, the number of trucking businesses grew 15.9%, outpacing total growth across all industries (8.0 percent). This translates into an increase of 200,000 workers in the trucking industry during that time period (link)

  • The most common ethnicity among Professional Truck Drivers is White, which makes up 64.2% of all Professional Truck Drivers. Comparatively, there are 16.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 13.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity

Cool Stuff and Other News

  • Take a look at the 50 competitions featured in the 2022 State Truck Driving Championships Schedule (link)

  • WATCH: Truck driver is forced to swerve into the other lane to avoid a head-on collision with a car driving in the wrong direction

  • President Biden’s Two Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill fails to accommodate for trucking parking spots as a highway bill provision that would’ve provided nearly $1 billion in truck parking grants was removed (link)


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