It seems the public’s view of trucking remains far more positive than we might think, according to a recently released national poll.
The poll, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, found the public continues to believe truck drivers are among the safest on the road and the industry is essential to the American economy.
The ATA, in a press release, identified these key findings:
• A majority of Americans, 63 percent, believe trucks move most of the nation’s goods – a three-point increase from 2014.
• Sixty percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of the trucking industry, the highest among transportation modes.
• When asked to offer unscripted thoughts on trucking, respondents called drivers hard working, said the industry provided thousands of jobs and trucking was dependable and efficient.
• The majority of Americans, 57 percent, said trucking’s safety record was excellent or good.
• Trucking’s safety record had improved over the past 20 years, said 34 percent of respondents.
• Ninety-one percent of Americans believe car drivers are more likely to engage in risky behavior on the highways than truck drivers and 70 percent believe they are more likely to be at fault when a car and truck collide.
• Eighty-one percent of Americans believe truckers are safer drivers.
The poll also addressed the issue of speeds and speed limits, finding that:
• Sixty-nine percent of Americans oppose reducing highway speeds to improve safety and reduce pollution, and 63 percent oppose the installation of speed limiting devices on passenger vehicles, but
• More than half – 56 percent – of respondents said they favored mandating speed limiters for large trucks.
As I travel the state speaking to various groups, I conduct my own informal poll. The results are the same. People are far more positive about trucking than we give them credit for. So, hold your heads high and continue to do the great job you do!