And the early indicators aren't what you may think they are. Trucking industry US economic slowdown - Business Insider Trucking tends to show early indicators on how well the economy is doing. More loads equates to more products being transported which is good for the companies and consumer. After a rather good year last year, initial indicators don't look good for 2015. First quarters are usually down from the rest of the year due to weather and fewer loads on the road. But April will usually show an uptick and give an idea of how the rest of the year will go. Hopefully it's just a blip and May will show an uptick. If it doesn't, we may be in for a crummy year.