Together, Jon and I have spent over 50 years around trucking and being employed in trucking. We have come to appreciate all facets of the business. But most of all, we have come to appreciate the truck drivers that we have worked with. In our business, we always use the line that there are 2 jobs in the trucking industry, drivers and driver support. Every single non-driving employee needs to have passion for their job for our drivers. It’s all about them, plain and simple. Business is about revenue and without drivers, a trucking company has no revenue. BUT, it’s more than that. It’s what the driver leaves on the line every single day to deliver goods all over this great country so all of us have all the essentials and non-essentials we want and need to live by.
Imagine working 70+ hours per week in almost pure solitude with all sorts of different job conditions to manage. From crazy weather and huge temperature swings, to extremely bad traffic in some of the country’s busiest cities, to erratic sleep cycles, to being confined to a very small space for weeks at a time. Imagine, for one second, not seeing your family, spouse, children, girlfriend, whatever, for WEEKS at a time. Then imagine the stress of knowing that you are in one of the most hazardous jobs in the country and your safety MUST constantly be your concern at all times. Imagine being on the clock for nearly 14 hours in a given day and pulling into a truck stop to get your rest for the night and there not being anywhere to park. Imagine being in a profession where people don’t realize how hard your job really is, not giving your vehicle enough space to maneuver, putting you in danger, and not getting respect from the general motoring public for what you do every day. There’s a pretty famous saying in the transportation industry, and that is “if you bought it, a truck driver brought it”. Swallow that for a minute and realize that everything you purchase was delivered safely and damage free by a professional truck driver.
Now compare that to the average American working 40-45 hours per week. While we don’t get to travel the country and enjoy the open road, most of us aren’t in solitude all day long and have plenty of social interaction to get us through our day. Most of us aren’t confined to a small space, we can get up at any time during our day and take a break, go outside, go for a walk, or whatever we need to do to get refreshed. Most of us are sheltered from the weather and aren’t in danger the entire length of our work day. And finally, most of us get to go home to our families and friends at the end of every workday.
Our point is, there is A LOT to appreciate about a truck driver. Truthfully, it’s a job that most of us either wouldn’t be able to do, or willing to do. Truck driving is a lifestyle that many people don’t understand. It has to be, it consumes their days for weeks at a time. Some of our most courageous, dependable and hardest workers in this country are truck drivers. They are the backbone of our economy and what keep this country moving. A great big APPRECIATION from us to all you truck drivers for what you do and for the sacrifices you make.
We would like to give an even louder shout out to all of America’s active Military and Veterans, as well as all of our emergency service providers that have and do put their life on the line every single day to make this country safe. In the industry there a lot of drivers that have served this great country in a capacity greater than the average citizen and we can tell you that they make great truck drivers. Honesty, integrity, hard work and appreciation for getting the job done the right way and the safe way makes them everything any company could ask for in an employee. Be safe out there in all that you do, and keep those wheels turning. From the bottom of our hearts, Jon and I thank you for everything you do!
Nick and Jon