National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Recap
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an industry-wide celebration and chance to honor the men and women who keep our nation's economy moving - truck drivers.
Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, they also keep our high- ways safe.
Americans in all fifty states have taken extraordinary steps to show their appreciation for the important work that professional truck drivers have done as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. From children passing out lunches, to “I Heart Truck” signs across America’s highways, the public has taken notice of the essential role truck drivers play in their lives.
This week is a way to show appreciation to the 3.5 million professional men and women who not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but also keep our highways safe.
More than 80% of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
Professional truck drivers drove over 287.9 billion miles in 2016, more than double 25 years ago. Those miles accounted for 14.2% of all motor vehicle miles and 29.8% of all truck miles.
There are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. Total industry employment is 7.8 million or one out of every 16 people working in the United States.
Without truck drivers, within 24 hours our grocery stores would face basic food shortages; hospitals and nursing shortages would run out of basic supplies, service stations would be out of gas, and the manufacturing plants would shut down. Truck Drivers are one of the most essential parts of the American economy, and our group is one of the best in the industry. They rose to the challenges of COVID-19 and continued to act as an engine to keep our country moving.