Why You Need to Share the Road With Trucks
Here is some more perspective and a little about how trucking works. Everything that you have or use has been on a truck at some point.
The materials used to build your house or apartment was brought by a truck.
Everything in your house was brought by a truck.
The food you eat was brought to the store by a truck.
The medicine you take was brought to the pharmacy by a truck.
The clothes you wear were brought to the store by a truck.
The books, computer or machines you use in your job were brought by a truck.
The money you use was brought by a truck.
The credit cards you use were brought by a truck.
The car you drive and the gas you use in it were brought by a truck.
To take it a step further: The pipes used for gas, water and sewer services were brought by a truck.
The telephone and electrical wires and poles were brought by a truck.
The cable TV wires and connectors were brought by a truck.
The cell phone towers and the cell phones themselves were brought by a truck.
The concrete and asphalt you walk and drive on were brought by a truck.
Satellites in the sky were made from materials brought by a truck.
Everything used to produce food was brought by a truck except for the dirt and rain.
All raw materials used in any sort of manufacturing were brought by a truck.
Get the picture?
The New Jersey Motor Carrier Association has a motto: “Without trucks, you would be homeless, hungry and naked,” unless you are up for living like a caveman, that is true. Truckers have a symbiotic relationship with non-truckers who are not involved in the trucking industry. Without the consumers and laborers, there would not be a need for trucks so each is as important as the other.
There is a huge push to get more freight moved by the railroad. Touting less pollution, less congestion on the highways and more efficient movement of freight, both the government and business are moving towards rebuilding the country’s rail system. Good idea on paper, but there is a reason while a lot of freight does not move by rail; the rail system is not as fast at moving goods quickly as trucks are. Also, who is going to take the freight from the rail yards to the stores? You got it, trucks.