National Trucker Appreciation Week Information
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was created by the American Trucking Association and is an annual way for companies in the industry and the public to show their gratitude for the 3.5 million truck drivers that deliver goods in the United States.
This year's celebrations take place from September 10 to 16 and feature a variety of events hosted by fleet service providers, industry suppliers and state trucking associations. Truckers can also receive deals at restaurants, truck stops and other locations during the week.
"This week was created to commemorate and support the industry professionals who work daily to deliver America's goods," said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, in an official statement. "Truck drivers are hardworking men and women who practice safety on the roads and serve as the faces of our industry. These drivers improve our collective quality of life by making personal commitments to safety and delivering our critical goods like medicine, food, building supplies and clothing."
Appreciation week centers on economy and safety
Seventy percent of all freight tonnage in America is moved via truck, and over 80 percent of all U.S. communities get their goods delivered in that way, exclusively.
On September 12, broadcasts related to the impact that truck drivers have on the U.S. economy were delivered from the Nashville terminal of TCW Inc. Speakers included America's Road Team Captains, Dave Manning, the ATA vice chairman and president of TCW Inc. and Share the Road professional truck drivers.
But as the nation's drivers are being hailed, the damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma cannot be ignored. Over 1.6 million trucking industry employees live and work in areas affected by the tropical storms. The ATA is continuing to work with FEMA and American Logistics Aid Network to send aid to those impacted by either disaster.
In the official NTDAW press release, the ATA asked that the media, community leaders and public officials get engaged in the week's celebration by reinforcing to their communities the habits employed by truck drivers to keep roads safe.
"Truck drivers work day in and day out to make our jobs possible, our shopping more convenient, and our roads a lot safer," said Manning, in the ATA statement. "Truck drivers are entrusted with large vehicles, yet we know we can rely on them to be fully aware of their surroundings on the road and make good decisions. They make safety their responsibility and truly deliver everything that makes our economy function."
Highways become safer when the public is more aware of the difficulties in operating a truck. Trucking Moves America Forward, the organization behind the trucking industry's image, aims to simultaneously educate drivers and show support for truckers by running billboard advertisements on major highways in a partnership with state trucking associations.
The Truckload Carriers Association also partnered with Rolling Strong, an organization providing transportation companies and drivers with wellness programs to set up free health fairs for drivers across North America. The initiative, in honor of NTDAW, will place CDL Wellness Coaches at eight different TravelCenters of America and Petro locations in areas such as Dallas, Ontario, Atlanta, Hebron and others. Previous health fairs have featured glucose screenings, blood pressure tests, and hearing and vision tests.
According to Overdrive Online, operators can participate in a variety of other events during the week. Rand McNally is offering a sweepstakes with the chance to win a custom leather jacket, Averitt Express is hosting cookouts, Love's Travel Stops is giving away $100 in My Love Rewards points all month and Denny's is giving away numerous prizes to drivers as well.