One million more trucks

According to the American Trucking Associations, one million more trucks are expected to take the nation’s roads by 2016, adding to the 2.7 million that are currently rolling along.

With the rise of big box stores such as Wal-Mart and Target, more trucks are going to be needed to move everything from flat screen TVs to those famous strawberry pop-tarts that are a favorite during hurricane season. This is great news for consumers, retailers, and trucking companies.

The drivers who have to share the road with all these added trucks are not so happy.

More trucks means more traffic and more wear and tear on the national interstate system. This could lead to certain lanes of highways being designated for trucks only or more tolls.

As the truck population rises, just be sure to pay close attention to the words stenciled on your side-view mirror: Objects may be closer than they appear.

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