Truck Drivers Keep America Moving
Without truck drivers and trucks, the everyday lives of citizens would be greatly impacted. Here’s how:
Clean drinking water supplies would run dry in 2 to 4 weeks.
Grocery and convenience stores could run out of food in as little as 3 days.
Fuel stations would run out of supplies in just 1 to 2 days.
Who is the professional driver?
There were 3.6 million truck drivers employed in 2019
Average Driver Age
Type of Driver
What it takes to get your CDL
  • A clean driving record (for the past 10 years in all 50 states and District of Columbia)
  • Pass a DOT physical exam to ensure you are medically qualified
  • Proof of identification and residency (for most states)
  • Hold a CLP (Commercial Learners Permit) for at least 14 days
  • Complete and pass a three-part exam, including a Vehicle Inspection Test, a Basic Controls Test, and a Road Test
A typical day in the life of a truck driver
Truck drivers log more than 112K miles a year, which is almost 4 times the length of the equator!
Miles Driven in a Typical Day
Typical Haul
Best Part of being a Pro Driver
Sources: American Trucking Trends 2019, ATA; Rand McNally Driver Surveys 2019, 2018; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Note, percentages are rounding for ease of read, ATRI – resource arm of ATA, FMCSA