Whether you’re sitting down to enjoy your favorite meal, opening a package of new school supplies, or getting ready to set up your big-screen TV in time for the NFL season, you can thank a truck driver. In fact, truck drivers transport 82% of all goods used in the U.S. — from food to fuel to crucial supplies needed by healthcare workers and first responders dealing with the global health pandemic.
During the COVID-19 health crisis, truck drivers have been operating behind the scenes to deliver essential, and not-so-essential, goods throughout the country so everyone can live their lives under our “new normal.” So, it’s time to celebrate our truck drivers!
Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19
This year, from September 13-19, we all celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week – a time to honor the more than 3.5 million professional men and women who deliver goods and keep our homes, supermarkets, and other stores stocked during the pandemic – and each day of the year.
These hard-working truckers travel more than hundreds of thousands of miles every year and spend many nights away from their homes and families while most people are enjoying a home-cooked meal and sleeping in their own beds. They also have a dangerous job. Drivers must deliver cargo on time and often face hazardous driving conditions due to weather, heavy traffic, and careless drivers.
Fun Ways to Thank a Truck Driver
During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, take a moment to acknowledge our nation’s truck drivers. Say, “thank you.” Make signs or cards to let them know that you are thinking of them. Buy them a snack or bottle of water when you see them at the convenience store. And, never forget to give them a friendly wave as you pass them on the highway.
Remember that truck drivers are also among those essential workers who are keeping our country and the economy running as smoothly as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. They don’t always receive the accolades they so richly deserve, so during this special week, make that extra effort to let them know you care!