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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Outdoor Hub ^ | September 10, 2018 | Staff

Posted on 09/25/2018 2:48:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Ever since then Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower lead a convoy of early trucks across the United States in 1919, the role of the American truck driver has been cemented in our culture, history and economy. Because of the importance truckers play almost a century after that famous cross country trip, the American Trucking Associations celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.As part of this well deserved celebration, Shell Rotella is launching an all new season of the hit CarbonTV original, “Roadworthy”. In the show, viewers will meet and ride along with truckers around the United States who have a strong desire to give back.

Even before the invention of the automobile, a special breed of people had been working hauling freight and cargo. These teamsters created a unique culture around their work, and became indispensable for the growth of a modern, industrial capitalist society. The rise of the automobile gave birth to a new breed of worker- the trucker.

Early motor trucks were little more than stout short haul delivery vehicles, but as the technology improved, so did the range and power of these trucks. Eisenhower proved that even with horrible, barely improved roads, that trucks could literally go the distance, and gave reason to build early interstate highway systems, and later the modern freeway system.

Today, the truck driver has become a unique sort of individual. Sometimes able to go home each night, and driving company vehicles, or sometimes being a uniquely American mix of business owner, driver and general purpose mechanic, truck drivers are quite literally the lifeblood of America.

Truck drivers are indispensable to the American economy. They move 71 percent of all freight by weight within the US and are part of a massive seven hundred billion plus dollar freight industry. The value, and contribution of the truck driver to the economy cannot be understated. In addition to the freight moved, truck drivers further “drive” the economy through the purchase of fuel, and the huge industry that exists to build and support trucking. The trickle down impact of the trucking industry and truck drivers is enormous, and without them, the United States would likely face ruin.

Truck driving is one of the last remaining blue collar jobs that does not require advanced education to succeed at. In fact, the median average wage for a truck driver for private fleets is $73,000 per year, while the median average of all truck driving jobs is about $40,000 per year- not bad money for a job that doesn’t require a college education, or even many jobs that do.

We can see how important trucking and truck drivers are to the nation’s economy. But driving a truck is simply more than being a cog in a giant, important machine. Truck driving is a way of life with a culture of independence and freedom that dates back to the days of teamsters driving freight wagons across the mountains and prairies. While the modern truck driver might operate a vehicle with luxuries like air conditioning, instant wireless communication, and even comfortable sleeping quarters where needed, other dedicated truckers work in uncomfortable vehicles, or struggle along with older trucks that they are trying to pay off, in hopes of achieving the American Dream. It is easy to get lost in the glamour of the highest paying trucking jobs, with the newest, most comfortable rigs, but we cannot forget the many American truckers who go to work every day in all manner of vehicles.

We should not forget the many sacrifices truckers make for this nation either. Long haul truckers are away from home and family for days and sometimes weeks on end, driving a seemingly endless loop across the country, hauling one load, picking another up, and dropping it somewhere else, before maybe getting to go home for a few days.

Truck drivers operate in all manner of weather and road conditions. While most of us only have to put up with a short commute, truck drivers travel hundreds of miles a day, regardless of the rain, or snow, bitter cold temperatures, or blasting heat. For these reasons, and hundreds more, we should remember the often maligned truck driver, and show them just how important they are to our way of life. It is easy to get disgruntled at a truck seemingly slowing down freeway traffic, or be bitter over a late package delivery, but behind that sort of inconvenience, is a complex world that works half on science, and half on luck, and is propelled by individual men and women all of whom have to adapt and work with what cards they are dealt.

This week, remember the American truck driver. Remember their sacrifices of time and distance from home and family. Remember the ones who have died on the job trying to bring the wealth of our nation to market, and remember that without them, we would not enjoy the life we now have.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: freight; jobs; truckers; trucking

1 posted on 09/25/2018 2:48:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All work is honorable, including truck driving—though Big Brother is trying to kill off the job as they lock down control of our movement on roads.


2 posted on 09/25/2018 2:51:59 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll celebrate by passing a big rig on the right on I-65 this morning. I’ll have lots of opportunities.

To be fair, there is no way I’d go through the crap they have to go to nowadays to earn the pay they earn.


3 posted on 09/25/2018 3:24:11 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I work around them sometimes. Many are surprisingly stuck up.


4 posted on 09/25/2018 4:25:54 AM PDT by kelly4c
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To: cuban leaf

Trucking is Human Trafficking as they virtue signal for sex trafficking so you do not notice mass trafficking of West African Somalis.

Remember that, as you pass that truck. These are low IQ foreign speaking imports driving with dangerous safety records.

And Trump was photo op’d in the driver cab put on by Big Trucking ATA instead of the superior small business trucking organization OOIDA.


5 posted on 09/25/2018 4:44:26 AM PDT by TheNext (Anonymous Source)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A truck driver has driven through all weather events like hurricanes, tornados, lightning, tropical rainstorms, snow storms, severe high winds & forest fires. He has survived the road carnage of 50 vehicles off the road in side ditches, multiple flipped over vehicles & multi wreck crashes.

All for sh*t pay.


6 posted on 09/25/2018 4:56:38 AM PDT by TheNext (Anonymous Source)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My 19 year old son just joined their fraternity. He decided long ago he didn’t want college and looked for a trade. He got his CDL and took a job delivering restaurant supplies. He’s licensed for big rigs but this job is in a large straight truck.

I’m fine with that. My dad owned a very large commercial glass company when I was young. At 18, I was making glass deliveries in a large straight truck and it’s a great platform for some advanced driving skills.

He can’t drive interstate until he’s 21 so this job is perfect for him.


7 posted on 09/25/2018 5:23:46 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I will honor all truckers this week by staying the heII off of I-81.


8 posted on 09/25/2018 5:25:55 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Truck driving today is nothing like it was in the past. There seems to be a lot of foreign born drivers who bring their bad habits with them.

Drivers like Will and Sonny are fast becoming just a memory. movin on

9 posted on 09/25/2018 6:32:46 AM PDT by dznutz
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lots of good truck driving songs too.

“Momma Hated Diesels”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZNVF1F23oQ

Another goodun:

“Truckstop at the End of the World”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TuB2zuyoIA


10 posted on 09/25/2018 8:05:23 AM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: Uncle Lonny
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11 posted on 09/25/2018 3:47:07 PM PDT by CaliforniaCraftBeer
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