Truck Driver Appreciation Week

by TruckerMike

Last week was National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It certainly was nice to feel appreciated for a week. While nothing changed much, it was the little things I enjoyed. For example, all of the digital signs in the state of Missouri read "Missouri Thanks our Safe Truckers!" and "Thank you for Staying Safe Truck Drivers!" I also got a 50% off coupon at a restaurant, and talked an employee into giving me a free shower credit at the Flying J as I don't have a Flying J card.

trucks.jpg

Plenty of Reasons To Appreciate Truckers

But why do we deserve a week of appreciation? What makes us so darn special? A lot of people have tough jobs that I'd never want to do. I wouldn't want to be a sales rep, for example. I know, because I've already been one! So why don't they deserve a week of appreciation? I'll go into some reasons why I believe truck drivers deserve just one week of appreciation (God knows we don't get any appreciation any other time!).

Truck Driving Is a Dangerous Job

For one, truck drivers consistently make the "Most Dangerous Jobs in America" list. Truck driving, for example, is even more dangerous than firefighting or law enforcement (of which most law enforcement deaths occurfrom traffic accidents).Most accidentsthat truckers are involved inisn't their fault either (to the tune of just over 70%).Truck driving has never been safer than it is today, and we've been falling further and further down the list of the most dangerous jobs. According to the most recent CNN survey, truck driving is currently the 9th most dangerous job in America. This is down a couple spots from the previous survey, but the fact remains that truck drivers put themselves in harms way every single day. Most people don't realize this. We won't even get into the dangers HazMat loads pose.

Truckers Living Alone On The Road

Truck drivers spend weeks, and sometimes months, away from their friends andloved ones. While there are many local jobs available in truck driving, most of us long haul drivers are away from home for weeks at a time. Those who own their own trucks are usually gone at least a couple months at a time. This is a huge sacrifice, not only for the driver, but for his / her friends and family as well. After being away from home for weeks or months at a time, the driver is rewarded with usually less than one week back home, before the cycle starts all over again.

Trucking Is a Tough Lifestle

Truck drivers live a life of solitude and mobility. Truckers don't get to go watch theirkids play a little league game. They can't curl up next to their husbands or wives at night. Theydon't get to take hot showers in the privacy oftheir own home.They live out of public restrooms and shower facilities.They don't get home cooked meals. They sleep where they work, and work where they sleep (which is an area smaller than a jail cell). They often times go months without seeing any familiar faces. All of this comes with few complaints from a seasoned driver.

Truck drivers work when they are needed and sleep when they can. There is no such thing as a "weekend" and no such thing as "bedtime." Truck drivers must follow the strict guidelines set forth by the government and therefor, drive when the hours are available. This means driving at any time of any day and sleeping is just a secondary thought.

Many Drivers Love What They Do

And why do truck drivers do the job? Because they have a passion about what they do. Because without trucks, America stops. Truck driving is a public service, just like any other. Could you imagine what would happen if no trucks moved in this country for just a single week? Complete chaos would ensue. No food, no medicine, no building materials....nothing. Despite all of the sacrifices truck drivers make, the vast majority of them are proud of what they do and take their job very seriously. Trucks keep America rolling. Truckers endure the vast sacrifices they make in their life. While many truck drivers, including myself,enjoy the job, it doesn't come withoutgreat sacrifice. We perform an valuable service for our great country and we are proud of that fact, even if we are often overlooked. For 51 weeks out of the year, it is a very thankless service we perform.

The list of sacrifices that drivers make can go on and on for days. This post barely scratches the surface, and even all of my past blogs combined barely touches the subject.Most of the sacrifices can't be explained in words, they simply have to be experienced to truly be understood. But truck driving is far different from any other job in this country. I'm not saying other professions don't deserve recognition, but if an industry is to be recognized, I think trucking is just as good as any. On the same token, how many people in this country even realized last week was Truck Driver Appreciation Week? I rest my case.

So, from one trucker to all the other truckersout there...Thank you!

Until next time, drive safely!

TruckerMike

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
by Brett Aquila

Related Articles:

The Sleep Cycle Of A Truck Driver - It Doesn't Exist

by TruckerMike

One thing I wasn't prepared for as a new truck driver is the sleeping patterns. I knew fatigue was a big issue in trucking, and now I understand why.

My Truck Driving Career - A 6 Month Review

by TruckerMike

I thought I'd share a few of my initial impressions of my early truck driving career, having experienced it for 6 months now. It's been incredible!

My Recent Trucking Adventures - Quite A Challenge

by TruckerMike

Sometimes trucking trips go very smoothly, and others are incredibly challenging. This is the reality of truck driving. Are you up for the challenge?

When Will I Know If Trucking Was The Right Career Choice?

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver is a big career choice. When will you know if you belong in trucking, or if you should walk away? Read on - we'll let you know

The Science Of Truck Driving

by Philosopher Paul

After a lot of close calls and important lessons learned, I'm starting to get the feel for driving truck and learning to relax and roll with things.

On The Road In Training: There's Been A Lot Of Ups And Downs

by JakeCat22

I've been on the road with my trainer and there's been a lot of ups and downs. We're learning a ton everyday, but it's not easy for me or my family.

The Unexpected Call

by TruckersWife09

Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.

Important Truths For Rookie Drivers: Surviving Your First 6 Months

by lucky13

So how does a new driver survive their hectic, stressful, tiring, demanding, and incredibly challenging first 6 months on the job? Here's my advice...

Rites Of Passage On The Highway

by Dave Ashelman

Many folks come into truck driving believing they should be treated like gold without having to prove themselves first. That's simply not how it works.

Some Days Are Better Than Others. Some Are Best Forgotten.

by Becky Prestwich

It seems like life on the road throws you one curveball after another sometimes. This winter has been tough, with some parts better off forgotten.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More