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You may have seen the bumper sticker that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” We should also have bumper stickers that say, “If you got dressed, ate breakfast, and read your newspaper today, thank a truck driver,” because chances are that everything in our closets and in our kitchens came to us by truck. Trucks carried the logs to the paper mills and trucks carried the paper to the printing presses for the newspaper at your door. Trucks brought our lamps and alarm clocks to the stores and our furniture and televisions to the warehouses.  As many in the industry say, “If you bought it, a truck brought it.”

It’s time to thank the hard-working truck drivers who move goods across the country and keep our country’s economy on the move. More than 3.5 million Americans are professional long-haul truck drivers, with more than 250,000 Canadian truck drivers on the roads as well, and all deserve our appreciation.

Who are these drivers? Some 90 percent of the people in the U.S. long-haul trucking industry are owner-operators – independent entrepreneurs running their own businesses. These trucking professionals are heavily invested in making their trucking companies the best that they can possibly be.

Safety is their shared critical priority, but safety is a two-way street that requires car drivers to stay aware of the trucks around them at all times. Anyone who has ever sat up in a big truck cab is sure to feel the heavy responsibility that a driver has on a crowded highway every time he or she turns the key in the ignition. With up to 40 tons gross weight behind them, that truck driver needs time to slow down and stop.

Car drivers can help by giving trucks plenty of space, helping them merge safely by moving over to the next lane or staying back, and never, ever pulling right in front of them or cutting them off. If you don’t know how to be a safe driver who shares the road responsibly with trucks, just ask a truck driver. They’ll let you know about their close calls with car drivers who nearly caused life-threatening accidents!

Truck drivers deserve our nation’s appreciation for stepping up and taking on the arduous task of carrying our goods, in spite of the time they must be away from their family and friends and in spite of the traffic and safety challenges that confront them on a daily basis., the world’s largest completely free load board, joins in thanking truck drivers everywhere for their service, courage, and hard work.

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