It is easy to take for granted how the goods we purchase every day actually arrive on the shelves of stores or at our front door. As you look around the room, there is a good chance that just about everything from the raw construction materials used to build the room you are sitting in to the computer screen on which you are reading this was delivered by a truck driver.
This week, September 13-19, 2015, is an opportunity for everyone to stop and declare their appreciation for the 3.4 million hard-working men and women truck drivers who deliver these goods and “keep America moving forward”. As a logistics provider Odyssey has the honor of working closely with these heroes of road. We are able to see the true dedication it requires to be a truck driver day in and day out.
In order to entirely understand the impact drivers have on your lives and on the United States economy as a whole here are just a few quick facts from the ATA:
- The average daily run for an over-the-road driver is nearly 500 miles.
- There are 3.4 million truck drivers in the United States. Total industry employment is 7.1 million or one out of every 16 people working in the United States.
- More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
Truck driver appreciation should take place every week of the year but National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a special time when everyone comes together to thank them all at once. So please join us in taking this opportunity to give the expert men and women who safely deliver goods to just about every city and state a very enthusiastic “Thank You!”