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Why I Respect Truck Drivers

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Updated on September 7, 2016

….and Why You Should, Too

Think of everything in your house right now. You probably don’t give much thought to how items like your bed, sofa, food or appliances got to the stores you purchased them from. No matter where you bought these items, chances are a truck driver delivered them.

We forget that only a short time ago, we couldn’t drive to the store to pick up essential items, like milk, bread, and paper towels. Before this, people cultivated and farmed their own food, made their own furniture and even built their own houses! Now with the help of truck drivers, we’re just a couple of blocks away from the products that we can’t live without. This is why I respect truck drivers and you should too.

Truck drivers work countless long hours and spend weeks, sometimes months, away from their families. A trucker’s labor honest work and sometimes doesn’t get the respect it truly deserves. Without them, our lives of modern convenience wouldn’t exist.

We live in a world where things like exotic foods, spices and literature are all readily available and can be shipped around the world. We sometimes take this lifestyle for granted, not realizing the energy it takes to have the world at our fingertips.

But this isn’t a call to shame those who forget how easy we have it thanks to truck drivers. It’s a call to show support, respect and value the men and women that go through regulations, check points, inspections, and fuel increases, so they can make sure that their cargo gets delivered safely and on time.

National Truck Driver Awareness Week (NTDAW) is September 11-17 this year. You don’t have to go to a rally, sport a flag or buy a shirt. All you have to do is show your respect to the men and women that make sure your grocery store has food on its shelves and your online order arrives on time. Every week is Truck Driver Appreciation Week at Apex, so take some time to thank a trucker. You could buy them a cup of coffee or a sandwich at the truck stop, or even just a handshake and a thank you.

They’re hardworking people. And they keep America moving.

For more helpful (and humorous) tips for sharing the road with the big trucks, check out our letter from a truck!