No matter what time of year it is, you’re bound to see a semi-truck when you get on a freeway. Because of the holiday season approaching us, this happenstance may occur more and more often. Truck drivers can be men or women, young or old, independent drivers or company drivers, and more. Whomever the driver, they take a lot out of their lives to get you the goods you need, especially right now.
Thanks to television and movies, you may think you have an understanding of what the truck driver life entails, however, the only people that really know about it are the people out on the road. Trucking is the backbone of the economy all across the nation and the men and women that drive these vehicles could easily be considered American icons.
Truck drivers have a wide range of duties and responsibilities, such as logging hours and destinations in their logbooks, driving for extended periods of time, delivering the right thing to the right place at the right time, and many more obligations. On top of that, they are also faced with an assortment of dangers every day. They often drive long hours during the night to avoid traffic, which means they face falling asleep at the wheel, drunk drivers, deer running into the highway and losing sight of the road on a daily basis.
We should all be thankful for these people who spend their lives out on the road this season. They drive and drive to provide us with anything and everything we could need in our stores. They face brutal weather at times, endless traffic, and common stereotypes that aren’t too kind. They leave their families for weeks at a time to help the economy grow. Would you be willing to do that? Truck drivers are a brave and selfless community and they don’t get much thanks for it.
So, this Thanksgiving, when we are all sitting around our beautiful and bountiful tables filled with every holiday food possible, surrounded by loved ones that we get to see regularly, try to remember the many men and women that are driving alone and missing out on the holiday feast. They are out there getting a job done that only they can do. If you see a truck driver at a gas station or on the road, try to thank them for all that they do and all that they face in their line of work.