10 Reasons to Thank A Trucker: National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a yearly initiative by American Trucking Associations with the goal of celebrating and honoring the 3.5+ million hardworking truck drivers who keep our nation’s goods moving. Every day, truck drivers all across the country deliver essential items that we often take for granted. This year’s focus: Miles of Gratitude. In fact, single-unit and combination trucks traveled over 327 billion miles in 2021 and trucks transported over 11 billion tons of freight in 2022. From the food on our tables to the products that keep our lives running smoothly, truckers are the unsung heroes who ensure that we have access to the necessities of life. In this blog post, we’ll explore ten things that truckers deliver that we simply can’t live without.


Truckers transport fruits, vegetables, meat, and more from farms to grocery stores, markets and restaurants. They ensure that we have access to a diverse range of food options year-round, and quite literally putting food on our tables.

Medications and Healthcare Supplies:

Life-saving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare supplies are critical for our health. Truckers deliver these items to pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics, ensuring that patients receive the care and treatments they need.


Truckers keep our engines running by delivering gasoline and diesel fuel to gas stations. Without their efforts, our cars, trucks, and buses would come to a standstill, and our homes would grow cold in the winter.


Truckers are responsible for transporting clothing and textiles from manufacturers to retail stores. They make sure we have access to a wide variety of clothing styles and sizes, allowing us to express ourselves and stay comfortable.


The devices that keep us connected, informed, and entertained, such as smartphones, laptops, and televisions, are shipped by truckers from manufacturing facilities to retail outlets. They enable us to stay connected with loved ones and access information at our fingertips.


Truckers deliver the essential pieces of furniture that make our houses feel like homes. From sofas for relaxation and beds for sleeping, to dining tables for family meals, they play a crucial role in shaping our living spaces.

Building Materials:

Construction projects, from homes to infrastructure, rely on truckers to transport building materials like bricks, lumber, steel, and concrete. These materials are the foundation of our homes, workplaces, and communities.

Clean Water:

Truckers deliver bottled water, water treatment chemicals, and purification equipment to ensure we have access to clean and safe drinking water. Their role is especially crucial during emergencies and natural disasters when water supplies may be compromised.

Online Orders:

The convenience of online shopping is made possible by truckers who transport packages directly to our doorsteps. Whether it’s a book, a new gadget, or daily essentials, truckers enable us to access goods without leaving our homes.

Emergency Supplies:

During emergencies like hurricanes, wildfires, and pandemics, truckers are the first responders in the supply chain. They transport emergency supplies such as food, water, medical equipment, and generators to affected areas, providing critical aid to those in need.

Thank A Trucker

Truckers are the backbone of our modern society, ensuring that we have access to the essentials that make our lives comfortable, healthy, and connected. These dedicated professionals work tirelessly to keep America moving, and their contributions cannot be overstated. During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and beyond, let’s remember and thank and support the truckers who play a vital role in delivering the things we can’t live without. Their commitment and resilience deserve our utmost gratitude. Thank you, truckers, for all that you do!

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