September is Truck Driver Appreciation Month, with most celebrations taking place the week of September 11-17, 2022. Truck driver appreciation is an important time for Americans to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and effort to keep our economy moving. In the U.S. there are 4.1 million men and women that help make sure products get to the right destination in a timely and safe manner.
Professional truck drivers are the backbone of our country and they #MoveAmericaByTruck.
Truck Driver Appreciation Week and Month have many events that take place at the company level and extend to the federal level with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. The agency will be commending truck drivers in AMERICA on September 15th at the FMCSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. by honoring the industry and also bringing drivers who represent the national CMV and bus population. Many states will have grills going to BBQ for drivers going through their weigh stations and many companies will have goodie bags, gift cards and a feast waiting on their drivers to roll into their terminals.
Many companies like C.H. Robinson always go a step beyond and recognize truck drivers and carriers for their hard work by giving back. This year C.H. Robinson has launched the ‘Thank You’ campaign. The ‘Thank You’ campaign recognizes the role truck drivers play in delivering everything from life-saving medical supplies to everyday essentials.
The two-week long celebration includes $100,000 in giveaways directly to truck drivers in recognition of the 100,000 miles on average they travel every year. It also encourages people everywhere to share their own ‘thank you notes’ on social media. Just book a load with C.H. Robinson and complete it and you’re automatically registered in the ‘Thank You’ sweepstakes. The sweepstakes runs from September 11-23, 2022.
The most exciting and fun event of C.H. Robinson’s ‘Thank You’ campaign is open and encouraged for everyone!! You don’t even have to be a truck driver to participate!! #ThanksForEverythingLiterally
For every thank you message posted using #ThanksForEverythingLiterally on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram, the C.H. Robinson Foundation will donate $5 – up to $25,000 –to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, which helps truck drivers in need. C.H. Robinson is giving to drivers through donations to St. Christophers Truckers Relief Fund, which in return provides for drivers’ needs.
To date, 3,450 drivers have had financial needs of more than $4 million in medical issues met. Don’t forget – get out of your box and go out on the wild side and hashtag #ThanksForEverythingLiterally
Now here’s a quiz and a few things that come to mind. Can you think of seven reasons why you should #ThankATruckDriver? With the help of Bruce Johson, director of Truckload Services | NAST, let me give several reasons why.
1. Truck drivers keep a sacred tradition that spans generations with semi-truck air horn honks
While traveling today, tablets, phones, and other electronics dominate the backseat and often keep kids focused on a screen rather than looking out the window during road trips.
But what’s one thing that consistently gets kids to pay attention to the world around them? Looking for and asking truck drivers to blow their air horns. Like so many truckers over the years, today’s truck drivers still watch for the familiar arm pump action and indulge the unspoken wish whenever it’s safe and possible to do so. And as a truck driver, it’s written in stone #NoChildLeftBehindWithAnArmPump. It’s truly un-AMERICAN truck driving not to put a smile on a child’s face (and most adults too!).
Thank a truck driver for continuing a tradition that thrills kids (and parents too).
2. Truck drivers draw from their experiences to garner success
Driving a truck across the country always leads to the most unique views of our country, world and life in general. Plenty of truck drivers have used their experiences to reach goals outside of the industry. Can you guess which of the following actors drove trucks before they were famous?
- Charles Bronson
- James Cameron
- Chevy Chase
- Sean Connery
- Rock Hudson
- Richard Pryor
- Richard Pryor
- Viggo Mortensen
- Liam Neeson
- Elvis Presley
If you guessed all of them, you’re right! I think that says something 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 become a movie star.
Thank a truck driver for being brave enough to pursue his or her dreams.
3. Drivers provide the ways and means for over three million wreaths to be transported and placed on veterans’ graves at Christmas 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 the wreaths on graves in over 1,200 participating locations in 48 states. That’s just one of the many ways truck drivers give back to the causes they care about – especially during holidays.
Thank a truck driver for supporting charities all across the country and dedicating their time during holidays for others.
4. Truck drivers are the ways in and through the toughest storms
From hurricanes and snowstorms to wildfires and floods, all of these natural disasters have one thing in common – relief efforts are needed after they pass. Without truck drivers to deliver much-needed supplies to devastated areas, bad situations would be much worse. From coast to coast, they’ve seen us through Katrina, Irma, Harvey, Snowmageddon, and so much more.
Thank truck drivers for placing themselves and taking action to get us through the toughest storms.
5. They’re on the road 14 hours a day for weeks at a time
Those with office jobs usually work between 8-12 hours a day on average. Having to work 14 hours straight a day is rare – not to mention completely exhausting. But it’s drivers’ dedication that delivers the products we need every day.
Thank truck drivers for the long hours and the time away from home.
6. Truck drivers invest in 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 rates per 100 million miles dropped a remarkable 74%. 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. Truck drivers are not only ‘Knights of the Highway’ but are Highway Heroes.
Thank a truck driver for focusing on safety first day in and day out. And for being the first on the scene and the highway angel, responsible for saving many lives.
7. U.S. truck drivers move approximately 10.5 billion tons of freight annually
Truck drivers truly keep our world moving – after all, nearly 71% of all freight moved in the U.S moves on trucks. Think of just about any product we use on a daily basis – from your toothbrush to supper on the table – it all relies on truck drivers. A world without truck drivers would be a truly scary place.
Thank a truck driver for delivering the products that keep our world moving. Especially be thankful for Reese’s peanut butter cups and sweet tea!
Truck drivers are still – and have always been – the real heroes in the world
While the top box office hits feature heroes with superpowers and capes, and Tom Cruise aka MAVERICK, it’s truck drivers that are the true stars. Each and every truck driver deserves to be recognized during Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Not only for one day, one week or one month, but every 24/7/365.
Thank a truck driver because you never know what his or her dreams and ambitions might be. You may never know what your grateful attitude may spark, or cause more individuals to drive a truck. The sky’s never the limit, so reach for it!!
And if you want to #ThankATrucker there’s one easy way that I have found. Email them a quick thanks in a greeting card. Virtual greeting cards are now available for #TruckDriverAppreciation and are really reasonable and so easy to send. The ones I have found are at Greetingcarduniverse.com. It’s a great way to make a truck driver’s day!
It doesn’t take material gifts, big banners, or the grill rolling smoke at the scale house to make a truck driver feel appreciated. All it takes is your time. Your attention. And your sincerity to say THANK YOU! Because without trucks, AMERICA would stop!
During September 11-17 and throughout the month of September wave at a trucker, send the heart sign with your hands, give them a smile or a greeting card. And take a photo of whatever you are touching right now while you are reading this. Make sure to say why you are thankful and post it everywhere! Make sure that you #ThanksForEverythingLiterally. Drop your photos in my comments here.
We should all be thankful to truck drivers because we would literally be without anything if it wasn’t for each huge heart behind the wheel of a big truck!
Happy #TruckDriverAppreciation2022 to all my fellow truck drivers! Stay safe and may your week and month be filled with joy shared for all you do!
Until next time, from me to you, drive safely, be somebody’s smile and don’t forget your prayers! Thank each and every truck driver, my brothers and sisters of the highway. God Speed ~
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