National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 11-17. Expect everyone from big carriers and national industry associations to issue proclamations, release videos and say nice things about truckers and how important they are to the economy.
All of that is nice to hear, but it doesn’t necessarily translate into anything concrete for the drivers. True appreciation takes commitment, produces tangible benefits for drivers and isn’t limited to a single week. We’ve compiled a list of how to truly appreciate a driver.
For dispatchers and driver managers:
For the driving public:
We asked our RoadPro Road Warrior Pro Drivers Council members what makes them feel appreciated and here’s what they told us:
Maggie Stone: I had a farmer that would bring me donuts and occasionally make cinnamon rolls for the drivers.
Sierra Sugar and Allen Welcher: One of the greatest joys for me is when other drivers take the time to talk to each other. To me, that type of relaxed communication is a sign of mutual respect, camaraderie and gratitude towards each other.
We’re especially appreciative when other drivers recognize the challenges associated with driving a big truck. Those moments when you can tell they are conscientiously giving you extra space to make a tight turn, or wave happily at you when you go by them; those little things mean so much and help reduce some of the monotony and stress from driving.
Joanne Fatta: My customers and their constant compliments about my work performance and reliability sure make me feel wonderfully appreciated. I smile when I come back from a week of vacation and my customers tell me, "We are so glad you are back."
Motorists watching me closely through tight turns, giving me thumbs up, pointing to my Driver of the Year logo on my truck at a red light and asking if that is me and then giving me thumbs up and congratulations for my award.
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