At Truckstop.com, we have the privilege to work with and serve thousands of truckers who serve our country every day.
For National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we asked Truckstop.com employees to tell us why they are thankful for truckers. We received hundreds of responses, but below are some that demonstrate just how much you mean to us.
1. You keep the world running
“Truckers are the backbone of the transportation industry. They represent all the great qualities of the our country- hardworking, dedicated and innovative.”
“Truckers are the unsung heroes who keep the American economy moving. If every driver chose to strike for a week, the US economy would immediately halt and the economic impact would be billions of dollars. Thank you to each and every one of the men and women who serve our country and work so hard to keep our roads safe. Professional drivers are the worker bees in the greatest economy on the face of the earth.”
“When I was 19, I was driving from Brownsville, TX to Parry Sound, ON. My vehicle broke down in the middle of nowhere somewhere in central Texas. A lovely gentleman in a transport pulled over and assisted me and even followed me to the service center to make sure I was able to get there safely. I was so grateful for his assistance and will never forget the kindness he showed me.”
2. We know how hard you work
“My husband and I owned a trucking company before I began my career in accounting, and he was a truck driver for many years. My father is also a truck driver. I know how hard it is to spend your life on the road and away from your family, and I appreciate their hard work and dedication.”
“Both of my sons are truck drivers, so I admire and appreciate all of the time and the personal sacrifices they make being away from their spouses and children and being on the road for weeks at a time.”
“I appreciate truck drivers because they provide a living for so many of my friends and family. My husband and I owned a truck for 5 years. It was very hard to have him go, but knowing that he was providing for my family as well as others made it rewarding. I don’t think Americans understand that without truckers, we would not have food on our tables, gas in our cars, or the necessities to live. They are the lifeline to our everyday lives in so many ways. I appreciate all truckers and their hard work!”
3. You keep food on our tables
“If you ate today, thank a farmer. If it’s on your table, thank a trucker.”
“Drivers do a very “thankless” job. As a culture we take for granted all our consumer products and how they get to us. We forget that a lot of times it took another person to physically sit behind the wheel of an 80,000lb. vehicle and drive it across the country.”
4. We admire you
“I grew up with a trucker as my neighbor and I saw how hard he worked to provide for his family. I have seen how much they sacrifice and how stressful the job can be. They do so much and are a key part to our economy.”
“My grandfather drove a truck his entire life. He was the backbone of his family. He kept them together and worked hard to make sure that they were taken care of. I knew it was hard work, but he never complained and always had a smile on his face. I appreciate all that he did and the example that he was. When I think of truck drivers, I think of my grandfather… and can’t help but smile in appreciation.”
“Truck drivers are hard working individuals who beat the odds when they are stacked against them. They are so interesting and come from nearly every way of life you could imagine. You can gain a lot of insight and knowledge just from one conversation with a driver- I’m lucky to have had thousands.”
5. The supply chain wouldn’t exist without you
“2% (3.5M out of 157.1M) of the work force accounts for 6% of the GDP. 80% of all consumer goods are moved by a trucker. Our way of life is “driven” by a trucker!”
“The US economy would immediately collapse without drivers.”
“I appreciate truck drivers, yes. But more so, I acknowledge that they are an absolute necessity for maintaining our civilization. The goods that we depend on to regulate our first-world way of life are delivered by drivers – food, medicine, petrol for transportation, and the list goes on. No drivers would lead to chaos. In addition, the job itself is taxing, both mentally and physically. I salute the men and women of this industry.”
Thank you, Truckers, for all you do! We appreciate you.