National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 12-18 and this is an incredibly special year as we consider the major contributions America’s truckers have made during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), in 2020 our heroic drivers delivered around 11.84 billion tons of freight across the US.
They put their health and safety on the line every single day to ensure we have easy access to the food we eat, the medicines we depend on to keep us healthy, and a vast array of other supplies that help us in our daily lives.
If it’s stocked on your store’s shelf, a truck driver made sure it got there on time, and in pristine condition. Even towns in some of the most remote areas of the US are able to receive products with ease, all thanks to the backbone of our nation- the trucking industry.
Truck drivers are on the road for hours and are required to complete commercial training and testing to meet rigorous regulations that ensure safety over the road.
Not only do they navigate through heavy traffic, inclement weather, and dangerous road conditions, but they must always stay vigilant against cargo theft while meeting the demands of timely deliveries.
We always think about drivers moving basic necessities like food and medicine, but let’s not forget that they also transport the heavy machinery and hazardous materials that are utilized by energy industries, construction industries, and the US military.
From hauling giant wind turbines to houses, it’s a huge responsibility to move the very items to build our country’s infrastructure, and our truck drivers make it happen safely every single day!
This week, take the time to thank a truck driver in your life. From offering a heartfelt card to inviting a driver out to dinner, there are numerous ways to celebrate the truck driver in your family or the drivers on your team.