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Unless You Want To Be Hungry And Naked, You Should Thank A Trucker – National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2018

Written by: Barbara Mulholland, Esq.

September 10 – 15, 2018 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Why in the world should you appreciate truck drivers you ask? Because without them, you would most likely be hungry, thirsty, bare-footed, have no cell phone, computer, furniture or make-up….and you’d be naked. Not a pretty picture.

Reciting the statistics that truck drivers travel over 4.5 billion collective miles per year and contribute $738.9 billion in revenue to our economy, Kevin Burch, co-chair of Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), published an article for Fox News onlinereminding people that:

If there were no truck drivers on the road, there would be no deliveries to our businesses, hospitals or schools; the country and our economy would essentially come to a standstill.

In an article for Transport Topics this week, industry leader Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), lauds truck drivers as the “unsung heroes [who] form the backbone of the American economy, reiterating that “virtually every product we touch, consume and rely on in our daily lives can be traced to the back of a truck”. Spear extols truck drivers for the vital role they play in our everyday lives:

There is one group of people operating on the front lines of our forward-moving economy. If not for these professionals, our quality of life would not be possible. Without their hard work and sense of duty, day in and day out, our economy would grind to a halt. They are America’s professional truck drivers.

Even the President publicly acknowledged and commended our nation’s truck drivers this week for the invaluable service they provide:

The enterprising and determined men and women who drive trucks are essential to our country’s economy, delivering 11.6 billion tons of freight in 2016, including essential goods like food, medicine, and clothing.  Truck drivers travel from coast to coast to ensure factories have the raw materials they need and store shelves are stocked to meet the demands of our Nation’s booming economy.  America depends on our trucking industry, and it continues to be a major contributor to our country’s workforce and infrastructure.

The American trucking industry and its drivers advance our economy and provide many Americans a path to a good living in service of others.  These men and women work day and night, through the harshest conditions, and endure long periods away from their loved ones to fulfill their task safely and effectively.  In the aftermath of disasters, American truckers deliver life-saving supplies, lend a helping hand to communities in need, and assist in the rebuilding of cities.

(See, Presidential Message on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 9, 2018, published at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-national-truck-driver-appreciation-week/.)

Most people don’t consider the hard work that goes into driving a truck as they tear open their package from Amazon. Long, grueling hours, poor health from sitting and no exercise, weeks and months away from their friends and families, loneliness, isolation. All to facilitate the ease and comfort of our daily lives.

During this week dedicated to acknowledging the people who help keep us fed, clothed, medicated, educated and generally comfy-cozy, take a minute to offer some gratitude to a truck driver if you can. As ATA President Chris Spear so eloquently said “duty deserves recognition, and sacrifice must be met with gratitude. Together, we can heighten the place of truck drivers within the national consciousness.”