National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Worth Celebrating
Unless you make your living hauling freight, you probably didn’t know that National Truck Driver Appreciation Week takes place from Sept. 13 – 19, 2015.
Of course, everyone at Snyder Insurance knows, because commercial truck insurance is an important part of our business. But, even we need a few occasional reminders on how critical truck drivers are to virtually everything in our lives.
Here are 5 reasons why each of us should appreciate truckers not just this week, but everyday:
1. Being A Truck Driver Is Really Hard Work
Truck driving might seem glamorous to office workers who hate their jobs, but your worst day at the office doesn’t even come close to what truckers contend with each day. Bad drivers; miles long traffic jams; construction delays; dangerous weather; equipment failures and days, sometimes weeks away from family and friends, are just a short list of realities for the average over-the-road trucker. Plus, truckers generally get only one day off each week, and, after working an average 14 hour shift, they rarely leave the office, because, well, their truck is their office.
2. And It’s Dangerous!
Truck driving consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in America, according the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). If dying on the job in an accident or while changing a tire at the side of a highway weren’t scary enough, truckers are also at a greater risk for chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
3. E-Commerce Depends on Them
When you click the checkout button on Amazon or your favorite retailer’s Web site, you’re employing a trucker. That’s not about to change if shoppers have anything to say about it. According to UPS, e-commerce shipments are expected to continue to grow at a rate four times faster than the U.S. economy, so one-click shopping will depend on them even more!
4. Truckers Don’t Get Rich
One big myth is that truckers are pulling in huge salaries, because of the industry’s much publicized shortage of trained drivers. Nothing could be further from the truth. In 2012, the BLS reported that the average trucker earned $38,200 annually or $18.37 per hour. While the pay is getting better, it’s still extremely low compared to other skilled jobs, especially considering all that truckers endure and are expected to provide for their paycheck.
5. America Would Collapse!
Trucking moves 70% of all freight in the United States. If all of the nation’s trucks pulled over tomorrow and didn’t deliver the goods we rely upon — from your kids favorite cereal to the gas that gets to work — it would only take 4 weeks for America as we know it to collapse, according to a shocking infographic from CDL Life!
So What Can You Do to Say Thanks?
If you come across a trucker this week at your job or in a store, start by simply thanking them for all they do for us.The best way to acknowledge them, though, is to practice safe driving. Think you already know how to drive alongside the big rigs? Prove it by taking the American Trucking Association’s Safety Quiz or test yourself by watching the video below:
On behalf of everyone at Snyder Insurance and Financial Services, we sincerely thank America’s professional truck drivers for the vital services they provide, and wish each a safe and enjoyable National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!