This week, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, kicks off its celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by acknowledging and honoring professional drivers and members of the trucking industry.
“Professional drivers are the lifeblood of America’s economy, hauling goods and products that we use every day, and this week we say thank you to the drivers,” says Kevin Burch, TMAF co-chair and president of Jet Express. “Over three million professional truck drivers travel our roads every day, and we are proud to celebrate our drivers’ commitment to safety, excellence and community.”
The impact of professional truck drivers on the American economy by the numbers:
There are 3.4 million truck drivers in the United States.
Professional truck drivers drove over 421 billion miles in 2014.
Most individual longhaul drivers average 100,000 to 110,000 miles of driving per year; regional and city drivers will drive an average of 48,000 miles.
The job of a truck driver is paramount. Trucking remains the dominant mode of freight transportation, hauling over 68% of domestic freight in 2014
Truck drivers deliver life’s necessities. Eighty percent of US communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
TMAF is proud to announce an advertising campaign targeted to consumers in celebration of the week. The campaign aims to demonstrate that professional truck drivers are your friends, family and neighbors. Print advertisements will appear in daily newspapers in major markets throughout the country including: Sacramento CA, Billings MT, Omaha NE, Houston TX, Dayton OH, Nashville TN, Pittsburgh PA, Philadelphia PA, and Orlando FL.
“There’s a story to tell about how integral the trucking industry is to America’s economy, and without our drivers, America simply would not move forward,” Burch says. “Our drivers often do not receive the respect they deserve, and this is just one week out of the year to remind us of their critical role in moving our nation’s economy.”
TMAF encourages the industry and general public to get involved and #ThankADriver this week. To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com