This September, we encourage everyone to show their appreciation to the hardworking men and women who keep America moving. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week runs from September 11-17 and is a time to celebrate the more than 3 million professional truck drivers across the country.
Did you know that truck drivers are some of the most skilled and experienced professionals on the road? They have to be, in order to operate such large and powerful vehicles. Here are some fun facts about truck driving:
- Truck drivers cover an average of 500 miles per day, 120,000 per year.
- They deliver goods all over the country and sometimes even internationally.
- Truck drivers typically work long hours, oftentimes driving through the night.
- It’s one of the most common jobs in the country.
- Some truck drivers own their own trucks and businesses.
- In 2020, trucks transported roughly 10.23 billion tons of freight.
- In 2019, trucks had a combined travel distance of 175.3 billion miles.
Truck drivers play a critical role in our economy, transporting essential goods and supplies safely and efficiently. We rely on them every day, and this week is a chance to let them know how much we appreciate all they do.
There are many ways to show your appreciation during Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Here are a few ideas:
· Wave or honk when you see a truck on the road
· Share a message of thanks on social media using the hashtag #ThankATrucker
· Drop off a care package for a local truck driver, including items like snacks, drinks, or a personal note of thanks
· Plan a special event at your company or organization to show your appreciation for the truck drivers who serve you
Whatever you do, take a moment this week to appreciate all that truck drivers do for us. They are the backbone of our economy and deserve our thanks.