Every year, American families begin gearing up for the holidays in early November. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, holiday celebrations continue for up to eight weeks. Little do most families know how important the trucking industry is to their holiday celebrations. If it weren't for truck drivers, the holidays would be considerably different.
How do truckers make the holidays possible? Well, let us count the ways (as Shakespeare might say). Below are just five things to consider. There are a lot more where these came from.
1. The Food for Your Holiday Feast
Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to feature turkey dinners with all the fixings. New Year's Day is all about ham with pineapple and fresh vegetables. Of course, there are all sorts of snacks involved too. There are chips and pretzels, candy, baked goods, and so on.
The average family takes for granted that it's just a short trip to the grocery store to get all the food necessary for holiday feasting and snacking. Well, that the food at your local grocery store arrives daily by truck. Not only that, it is a robust and reliable trucking industry that makes it possible for suppliers and grocery stores to keep their prices affordable. Think about that next time you are shopping.
2. Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
All those Christmas trees down at the neighborhood lot were not grown there. They were grown on a Christmas tree farm on the other side of the county or even the other side of the state. They arrived at the lot on the back of a flatbed truck. If it weren't for truck drivers, what would we do for Christmas trees?
3. Off to Grandmother's House We Go
If your family is planning to drive this holiday season, you can thank the trucking industry for getting the fuel you are going to need to your local gas station. Refineries across the U.S. send fuel to local areas by way of underground pipelines that most people are completely unaware of. But to get the fuel from the pipeline to gas station requires a fleet of tanker trucks operated by dedicated truck drivers.
4. Better to Give Than Receive
Of course, the holiday season includes plenty of gift giving. All those items you might purchase off local store shelves reach those shelves on the backs of tractor-trailers. But guess what? Tractor-trailers are even involved with your online purchases. Goods you buy online still have to make it to warehouses and distribution centers. Trucks are, once again, the vehicle of choice.
5. Holiday Parades and Other Events
Lastly, lots of communities around the country put on holiday parades and other special events. Those events require everything from video and audio equipment to seating to portable toilets. Trucks make it all happen.
Believe it or not, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade – which happens to be one of the largest and most well-known parades in the country – would never be possible without a fleet of tractor-trailers. Trucks bring in helium for the balloons; they bring in the bleachers that make up the review area; they bring in a ton of equipment used by the TV stations to broadcast the event. We see it all repeated on New Year's Day for the Rose Bowl parade.
Without trucks and the drivers who operate them, life would not be the same during the holiday season. So while you are preparing to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, remember America's army of dedicated truck drivers who make your holiday celebrations possible.