Due to their partnership with many carriers, our friends at Cerasis are very involved in the lives of truck drivers and closely follow the dynamics of the trucking industry. Here at Bryant Surety Bonds, we help many freight brokers get bonded, so we’re also very invested in helping truck drivers find success. Together we would like to tell you more about the importance of their work and why everyone should take the time to appreciate them, this week and always.
This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. You might think this is a closed-door, in-team celebration that involves only people who work in the industry, but that is not the case. There are many reasons why every American should take some time to appreciate all the “invisible” work done by truck drivers every hour and every day. If trucks stopped moving, even for a day (see our cool infographics for more data on this), immediate and very tangible effects would be felt not just throughout the U.S. economy, but throughout the lives of each of us, too. Let’s look at just a few of the reasons we need to appreciate truckers:
Did you know that approximately 82 percent of all goods in America would not have reached their final destination had it not been for truck transportation? This includes everything from food to electronics and other consumer goods. Trucking’s share of freight moving is by far higher than any other mode of transportation and it is expected to grow.
When people talk about tough jobs, driving a truck might not automatically come to mind. Yet, the average truck driver covers more than 112,000 miles a year, and half of them spend more than 200 nights out every year. This means they often don’t share in the simple comforts we take for granted, such as a bed or a home cooked meal. And not to mention that most of the time they are away from home and their loved ones. It’s important to show them that we appreciate their hard word and sacrifices. So, take action when you see a truck driver during National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week!
Spending so much time on the road has its dangers. Close to 500,000 trucking accidents occur in America each year and 1 in 8 traffic fatalities involves a truck, injuring about 130,000 people per year. The trucking industry and regulatory bodies are consistently taking measures to make roads as safe as possible, by introducing stricter rules and equipping trucks with modern safety technology, such as Collision Warning Systems.
There are currently 3.2 million truck drivers in the US, and the industry employs a total of 7 million people. On top of that, there are about 30,000 open job positions waiting to be filled. This is a true testament to how much trucking contributes to job growth. According to Trucking Moves America Forward, it also stimulates “economic activity in every sector of the American economy—including health care, fuel and transportation, waste removal, retail, food and agriculture, manufacturing, banking and finance, and many others.” That statistic alone should make you think twice about the importance of going beyond just this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and show appreciation all year!
You have probably seen this sentence on bumper stickers and trucker gadgets, but you may not have an exact idea of how true that is. It is estimated that if trucks stopped moving, there would be serious food and medicine shortages within days. Moreover, there will be shortages of cash in ATMs and bank branches and of fuel in gas stations within two or three days, while fresh drinking water could stop running in as little as two weeks. Not to mention that we’ll all be buried in trash, since there will be nobody to dispose of the garbage.
As you can see, you have many reasons to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, even if you have nothing to do with the industry. So next time you see a truck driver, tell them “Thank you” and let them know you appreciate their hard work. Or visit trucking community blogs and tell them anytime, this week or all-year-round!
Do you know of other ways in which truck drivers and the trucking industry are helping their communities and the economy? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and start a discussion!
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