Don’t Forget to Thank a Truck Driver This Week

Don’t Forget to Thank a Truck Driver This Week

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel and head out on the highways. Some of them are off to the store, some to school or work and some very special drivers are on the highway for work.

There are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in America. These hard-working professionals deliver America’s food, fuel, medicine, clothing – every item in your home or office – was delivered by a truck.

Next week – September 10-16 – is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It is a time for us to honor the professionalism and sacrifice of the men and women on whom we depend for so much.

These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year, that’s about 70% of all the freight moved in the U.S. Eighty percent of communities – cities and towns like Grand Rapids – receive all their goods via truck.

The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy, and our professional drivers are our industry’s heart. They are committed to safely delivering all the things that make our collective quality of life possible. Their commitment to safety is apparent in the consistent improvements in highway safety we have seen over the past decade.

Next week, when you head to the store and see the variety of products that are available on the shelves, think about the professional drivers that got them there. When you’re in your home or office, look around and realize all those items were at some point in the back of a truck before they got where they are.

When you’re out to dinner, think about the meal you’re about to eat and how the ingredients were very recently delivered by truck.

During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, take a moment to be thankful for the efforts of America’s truck drivers and recognize that without them, your table, your closet, and the store would all be empty.

Our trucks, and truck drivers, truly do move America forward.

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