If you lined up the 5 million commercial trucks that are on the roadways of America at any given time, they would just about reach the moon. To say truckers and their machine counterparts make up a large part of the American community, would be an understatement.
WHAT’S A WORLD WITHOUT TRUCK DRIVERS?
In the United States, 75% of American communities depend solely on truck drivers to deliver goods and services. Considering the way we are used to living, life without truck drivers would be difficult for society to adapt to.
There are seven main industries that would be severely impacted by a truck stoppage:
- Food Industry – Trucks would not be able to deliver enough food to stock shelves, especially perishable items.
- Healthcare – Shipping by mode of “just in time” delivery is how many hospitals operate in order to receive medications and supplies.
- Transportation – Without truck drivers replenishing stations every 2-3 days, gas stations would quickly run out of fuel.
- Waste Removal – Trucks are responsible for transporting waste to appropriate facilities. Otherwise, the country would be buried in garbage – presenting an enormous health risk.
- Retail Industry – To keep inventory low, retailers rely on just in time delivery – brought in by truckers through LTL.
- Manufacturing – If trucks weren’t bringing in necessary materials, manufacturing would shut down once supplies ran out.
- Banking and Finance – With no trucks to bring in more cash, ATM’s and banks would become obsolete.
TRUCKERS MAKE GROUND SHIPPING POSSIBLE
Whatever moves through ground transportation, truckers are responsible for keeping in motion. There are 4 common forms of ground shippingthat truckers conduct on a daily basis.
- Less than truckload – otherwise known as LTL. This type of shipping is comprised of several individual shipments, which means more stops for a driver.
- Truckload – sometimes referred to as TL. When a driver picks up one large shipment that takes up the entire bed of the truck, it’s considered a full TL.
- Parcel – the most common form of shipping. Think of the truck that drops off those little packages to your front door – that’s parcel.
- Specialized – sometimes shipments require specialized services. Some examples include refrigeration, white glove, etc.
WHAT IS FREIGHTCENTER DOING TO THANK TRUCKERS
We know how indispensable truckers are to our industry – that’s why we’re celebrating them a little extra this year for Truck Driver Appreciation Week from September 10-16.
FreightCenter is asking for customers to nominate their favorite truck driver for the chance to win them a $100 gift card – winner will be announced on Monday, September 18. If your nominee is chosen, you will receive a $50 shipping credit toward your next shipment.
All details can be found here.
HOW TO APPRECIATE TRUCKERS ALL YEAR LONG
Don’t wait for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week to show your thanks to truckers across the U.S.
Here’s 3 simple ways you can show respect to truck drivers all year long.
1. RESPECT THE DRIVERS TIME
It’s simple. Don’t be MIA when the driver comes for a pick up or delivery. Have your freight ready to go and know how you’re going to load it onto the truck. When you don’t have your stuff (and yourself) ready to go, you throw off the driver’s entire schedule.
2. BE COURTEOUS ON THE ROAD
- Don’t ride in a trucker’s blind spot. If you’re going to pass a truck, do it and get over as soon as possible. Do not ride alongside the truck with your cruise control set to the same speed the truck is traveling at.
- Don’t try to maneuver into a small gap ahead of the truck – especially if you’re going to slam on your brakes. It takes a truck three times the distance of the average car to come to a stop. By cutting off a trucker, you’re endangering your life, their life and everyone else’s around you.
- Do allow a trucker to merge or change lanes if they have their turn signal blinking. You could even flash your lights to indicate your willingness to allow the trucker in.
- Do be patient when sharing the road. Sometimes a trucker needs to make several attempts when navigating into tight quarters. Keep calm and provide the trucker with the space they need.
3. PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO THEIR EMPLOYER
Depending on what carrier the truck driver works for, there may be a variety of options and opportunities to reach out and provide feedback on the truck driver and experience. Some options include reaching out on a social media platform, filling out a survey if it’s offered, or calling in to the carrier to pay your compliment. By doing this, you let the truckers boss know they’re doing an excellent job.
For all the times we’ve leaned on truckers to bring in school supplies for the first week back to school, or relief supplies in a time of crisis – it’s time we show appreciation for all their hard work. Don’t forget to thank a trucker this Truck Driver Appreciation Week by nominating them for a $100 gift card and downloading our “Thank You” e-card.