Trucking associations, transport companies and the general public have come together to mark National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, in celebration of the trucking industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers who safely move the nation’s most essential products.

“This week is about raising public awareness and support for the important work professional truck drivers do in our communities year round,” said American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear. “These men and women are safety-minded professionals who deserve our respect and praise. We’re fortunate that truck drivers have dedicated their careers to delivering critical goods like medicine, food and school books.”

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17, provides the trucking industry an opportunity to formally recognize the efforts of professional truck drivers. State trucking associations, industry suppliers and motor carriers of all sizes are set to host appreciation events for the men and women who safely deliver 70.1 per cent of the country’s total freight tonnage.

More than 80 per cent of U.S. communities rely exclusively on truck drivers to deliver their goods and commodities – granting the nation’s most remote populations access to modern conveniences.

The ATA official NTDAW site offers a collection of resources to enhance driver appreciation events. The content provided by ATA enables passionate industry professionals to engage their communities in this important week. These resources improve the image of the professional truck driver and demonstrate public support for the challenging work that drivers do each day.