Without truckers, the consequences would be dire. Grocery stores and retailers would soon run out of supplies, leading to food shortages. Drinking water would become scarce in regions where the chemicals needed to purify it are delivered by trucks. Health conditions would be drastically affected.
Hospitals would start to lack basic medical supplies within 24 hours of trucking delivery ceasing. Syringes, catheters, and other essential items would no longer be available. USPS, FedEx, UPS, and other package delivery operations would also come to a halt, meaning checks from employers and gifts from family members would not arrive. Gas stations would run out of fuel and factories would close, leading to unemployment for thousands of people.
In less than a month, the entire health system would be paralyzed by anything other than the most vital surgery or the simplest treatment. Cities would become cesspools when garbage trucks stop carrying waste and sewer trucks no longer break water and sewer pipes clogged by bilge. The American Trucking Association described what would happen if truck trips were interrupted, noting that trucks keep several industries afloat. This blog takes a look at the importance of the trucking industry based on what would happen if it collapsed and all trucked products never reached their destination.