National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: 6 Reasons to Thank a Driver
It’s always exciting when National Truck Driver Appreciation Week rolls around every September. It’s one short week each year when we make sure our drivers across the country who make our lives simple know how incredibly important they are.
In honor of Truck Driver Appreciation Week, I’ve come up with seven reasons why we appreciate our nation’s truck drivers.
1. Truck drivers see us through the toughest storms
From pandemics to hurricanes and snowstorms, to wildfires and floods, all of these natural disasters have one thing in common: they need relief efforts. Without truck drivers to deliver much needed supplies to areas in need, bad situations would be much worse. From coast to coast, they’ve seen us through it all.
2. Truck drivers draw from their experiences to garner success
Driving a truck across the country is bound to lead to a unique view of our world and life in general. Plenty of truck drivers have used their experiences to reach their goals outside of the industry. Can you guess which of the following actors drove trucks before they were famous?
– James Cameron
– Chevy Chase
– Sean Connery
– Richard Pryor
– Viggo Mortensen
– Liam Neeson
– Elvis Presley
If you guessed all of them, you’d be right! It speaks volumes about the type of people who work as truck drivers. It says they’re willing to chase their dreams and are capable of achieving them—whether it’s to successfully run a business or make it on the big screen.
3. Drivers help place three million wreaths on veteran graves every year
It’s true, without truck drivers Wreaths Across America wouldn’t be possible. Every year, truck drivers deliver wreaths so thousands of volunteers can remember fallen U.S. veterans by placing wreaths on graves in over 1,200 participating locations across the country. And that’s just one of the many ways truck drivers give back to the causes they care about.
4. They’re on the road 14 hours a day for weeks at a time
Those of us with office jobs work between 8-9 hours a day on average, and return home to family in our home at the end of the day. The days where those of us have to work 14 hours are rare—not to mention completely exhausting. Many of us can’t even imagine putting in 14-hour days on a regular basis. It’s no wonder that both the CDC and OSHA report higher rates of injury and illness for truck drivers than other industries. But it’s their dedication that delivers the products we need every day.
5. Truck drivers invest in our safety day in and day out
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, from 1980 through 2014, the number of large truck-involved fatal crash rate per 100 million miles dropped over 75%. In fact, trucks have an overall crash rate 28% lower than that of other vehicles.
That’s in large part to the extensive driver safety training that all drivers must go through. And on a daily basis, their willingness to plan—for fuel stops, weigh stations, road construction, and weather—all make a big difference in saving lives on our roads.
6. They move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually
Our country’s truck drivers truly keep our world moving—after all, nearly 71% of all freight moved in the U.S goes on trucks. Thinking of just about any product we use on a daily basis—from a toothbrush to the food we find on our dinner plates—they all rely on truck drivers.
Truck drivers are the real heroes in today’s world. While the top box office hits feature heroes with superpowers and capes, in our mind truck drivers are the true stars. They deserve to be recognized during Truck Driver Appreciation Week and every week of the year.
Thank a truck driver for the miles they give the rest of us.
Director of Marketing & Media, C.L. Services