The nation's busiest fuel stations sell between 200,000 and 300,000 gallons per month. These stations require multiple deliveries every day to meet this demand.
Major American manufacturers, ranging from computer manufacturers such as Dell and Compaq to major automakers such as GM and Ford, rely on just-in-time manufacturing.
Truck transportation is the key to delivering urgently needed medical supplies necessary to save lives such as:
THE FOOD INDUSTRY
Every day, Americans purchase billions of dollars of groceries. Most of these goods are brought to market via daily truck deliveries.
If assembly lines are forced to shut down, manufacturers will incur significant disruption costs and thousands of employees will be put out of work.
Within days of a truck stoppage, Americans will be literally buried in garbage with serious health and environmental consequences.
Uncollected and deteriorating waste products create rich breeding grounds for microorganisms, insects, and other vermin. Hazardous materials and medical waste will introduce toxins as well as Infectious diseases into living environments.
Unable to conduct transactions at a central location, banks will be unable to process deposits, checks, and other standard bank transactions, bringing the American banking system to a halt.
Without fuel, police, fire, rescue and other public service, vehicles will be paralyzed, further jeopardizing public safety.
Airlines and air cargo operations will be grounded due to the lack of supplies for operations.
Replenishment of goods will be disrupted. Many of the nation's leading retailers rely on just-in-time delivery to keep inventory levels as low as possible.
Since many large retail outlets typically keep inventories as lean as possible, problems often arise quickly during truck transportation slowdowns that occur from crises such as hurricanes.