Truck drivers have shown themselves to be national heroes this year. Truck drivers continue to deliver essential goods during an ongoing pandemic. Drivers have braved hurricanes and wildfires and helped in relief efforts. Drivers have been the key to delivering fuel to desperate locations in the midst of shortages. And that’s in addition to the normal duties of getting everything from food to ecommerce packages to consumers across America.
That’s why this year – more than any previous – we want to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which runs from September 12th through the 18th.
The American Trucking Association released a statement, saying, “This week is a way to show appreciation to the 3.6 million professional men and women who not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but also keep our highways safe.”
Many truck stops and businesses are also showing appreciation by offering deals and discounts for truck drivers.
Positive Trends for Truck Drivers
There are many reasons to be optimistic about truck driving as a career. Trucking companies are offering higher rates of pay and more benefits due to the high demand for drivers. Many companies are becoming more flexible with scheduling home time to make over-the-road, or long haul, driving more appealing.
Even road conditions may be improving. Many in trucking have praised the new bipartisan infrastructure bill, which will hopefully make our highways, roads, and bridges safer for truck drivers. Unfortunately, the bill does not address the shortage of parking spaces for trucks, but the new spending initiative is a step in the right direction for infrastructure.
For drivers looking to enter the career or find another employer, there are many trucking companies offering new equipment, more comfortable cabs, and even the opportunity to bring along companion pets for the ride. Signing up for a profile on Class A Drivers is one way to find the employer that fits what you’re looking for.
Overall, the outlook is strong for the career, and truck drivers have proven this past year to be the backbone of the American economy. This week, we encourage everyone to salute and appreciate our truck drivers.