Truck drivers move America forward
Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel to head out on the highway, with a specific destination in mind. Some of them are off to the store or school and some to the office. For Minnesota’s professional truck drivers, their sights aren’t set on a certain end point, because they work on the highway.
Currently, there are 3.4 million professional truck drivers in America. These hard-working professionals deliver America’s goods like food, fuel, medicine and clothing. Most items in your home or office were delivered by truck.
September 11-17, is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It’s a time to recognize the professionalism and sacrifice of the men and women who we depend on for so much.
These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year, or about 70 percent of all the freight moved in the U.S. Sixty eight percent of Minnesota communities receive all their goods via truck.
The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy and our professional drivers are our industry’s heart. They are committed to safely delivering the things that make our collective quality of life possible. Their commitment to safety is apparent in the consistent improvements in highway safety we have seen over the past decade.
This week, when you go to the store and see the variety of products that are available on the shelves, think about the professional drivers that got them there.
When you’re in your home or office, look around and realize all those items were at some point in the back of truck before they got to you.
When you’re out to dinner, think about the meal you’re eating and how the ingredients were delivered by truck.
During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, take a moment to be thankful for the efforts of Minnesota’s truck drivers and recognize that without them, your table, your closet and the store would likely be empty.
Our trucks and truck drivers truly do move America forward.
John Hausladen, President
Minnesota Trucking Association