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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: 7 Reasons to Thank a Truck Driver
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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: 7 Reasons to Thank a Truck Driver

September 6, 2018

Next week is Truck Driver Appreciation Week—seven days dedicated to thanking the drivers across the country who play a critical step in the fresh supply chain. Without these hardworking professionals and their temperature controlled trucking expertise, our industry would be hard-pressed to make sure consumers around the country can enjoy their favorite fresh fruits, vegetables, foods, and beverages throughout the year.

7 reasons to thank a truck driver

Here are seven fun reasons to thank truck drivers—just in time for next week’s celebration.

1. Truck drivers keep fun traditions alive

What’s a family road trip without keeping watch for long haul truckers and asking them for a horn blow via the universal arm pump action? Many truck drivers watch for the request and answer—whenever it’s safe and possible to do so—with a friendly horn.

Thank a truck driver for continuing a tradition that thrills kids—and parents too.

2. Truck drivers motivate and inspire

Did you know that several actors drove trucks before they were famous? Charles Bronson, James Cameron, Chevy Chase, Sean Connery, Rock Hudson, Richard Pryor, Viggo Mortensen, Liam Neeson, and Elvis Presley were all truck drivers before finding fame. I think that says something about the kind of people who work as truck drivers: they are willing to chase their dreams and capable of achieving them, whether they want to successfully run a business or become a movie star.

Thank a truck driver for being brave enough to pursue his or her dreams and inspiring us to do the same.

3. Truck drivers give back

Without truck drivers, Wreaths Across America wouldn’t be possible. Every year, truck drivers deliver 3 million wreaths that thousands of volunteers place on U.S. veterans’ graves in over 1,200 participating locations across the country. And that’s just one of the many ways truck drivers give back to the causes they care about.

Thank a truck driver for supporting charities all across the country.

4. Truck drivers deliver relief when we need it most

From hurricanes and snowstorms to wildfires and floods, natural disasters have one thing in common: they need relief efforts. 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 a truck driver for seeing us through the toughest storms.

5. Truck drivers show admirable commitment to their jobs

I’m continuously amazed by the dedicated spirit of truck drivers. They have a tough job and put in 14-hour days—often spending weeks at a time away from home, especially during busy harvest and holiday seasons—all to help keep shelves stocked with the goods our communities need.

Thank a truck driver for putting in long hours and sacrificing time away from home.

6. Truck drivers invest in keeping our roads safe

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks have an overall crash rate that is 28% lower than that of other vehicles. That’s in large part to the extensive driver safety training that all drivers must complete. On a daily basis, their willingness to remain steadfastly focused on the road and plan and react accordingly all make a big difference in keeping our roads safe.

Thank a truck driver for focusing on safety, day in and day out.

7. Truck drivers move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually

As consumers focus more on eating healthy foods—i.e., fresh fruits and vegetables—truck drivers play an increasingly important role in the fresh supply chain. Our country’s truck drivers truly keep our world moving and fed—nearly 71% of all freight moved in the U.S. goes on trucks.

Thank a truck driver for delivering the products that keep our world moving and the fresh foods that keep us healthy.

Final thoughts

Every hour that fresh produce is on a truck can impact its shelf life, quality, and value. But truck drivers and their temperature controlled capabilities make it possible for growers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, restaurants, and foodservice companies to efficiently bring fresh products to consumers.

On the heels of a busy peak produce season, I’d like to sincerely thank truck drivers for the important role they play in helping us make high quality, fresh produce accessible to consumers across the country.

Editor’s note: As a division of C.H. Robinson, Robinson Fresh knows just how critical truck drivers are to the logistics industry, the fresh produce industry, and our global economy. This post is inspired by a similar one on Transportfolio®.

Mark Petersen

Mark Petersen - Vice President of Global Transportation, Robinson Fresh

As Vice President of Transportation for Robinson Fresh, Mark Petersen oversees all surface transportation regions for Robinson Fresh. In this role, Mark manages the design, development and performance of global transportation initiatives, as well as enterprise solution design in collaboration with North American Surface Transportation. During his tenure with C.H. Robinson, Mark has demonstrated the ability to effectively develop and grow new business relationships, and design unique solutions which allow him to focus and lead resources towards achieving long-term growth initiatives.
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