As the Thanksgiving season brings about reflection on what we are most grateful for, we have been thinking about our drivers and the gratitude we have for them. There are countless reasons to be appreciative and grateful for professional truck drivers. Thanks to the hard work of truck drivers, we have stocked shelves at grocery stores, medical equipment and supplies in hospitals, safe roads, and so much more. In true Thanksgiving spirit, here are three stand-out reasons of why we should have an added appreciation for truck drivers this Thanksgiving.
Providing Our Thanksgiving Meals
Our traditional Thanksgiving feast would not be possible without the hard work of professional truck drivers. Can you imagine what it would be like if we went to the grocery store to do our Thanksgiving shopping and there were no turkeys or potatoes in sight? Truck drivers are responsible for delivering most grocery store items and produce across the nation, including our Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. Nearly all the items in your Thanksgiving dinner have been touched by the trucking industry.
Not only do truck drivers supply our meals, but they also help make our holiday travel plans possible. With the help of truckers, airplanes, trains, and our cars can be filled with fuel so we can travel to spend our holiday with loved ones.
Powering the Economy
The last six weeks of the year bring about a huge increase in the amount spent at retail stores. During November and December of this year, it is expected that over $717 billion will be spent at retail stores in preparation of holiday celebrations. Thanks to truck drivers, all of our holiday gift needs are available at our favorite stores on Black Friday. Even when we purchase online, truck drivers play a huge role in the distribution and shipping process, acting as Santa Claus all season long! The holiday shopping surge offers a great boost to our economy and would not be possible if it weren’t for countless deliveries made by truck drivers.
Keeping the Roads Safe
This Thanksgiving, it is estimated that 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, which is a 4.8% increase from 2017. As our traveling increases, it is important to acknowledge what truck drivers and the trucking industry do to keep our roads safe. Each year, the American Trucking Association invests more than $9.5 billion into road safety in the form of training, technology, and safety communication campaigns. At C.R. England, all of our drivers go through extensive training to keep everyone on our roads safe. When we work safe, we all return home safe.
We are very thankful for all of the drivers that make C.R. England successful. Without them, our lives would be much different. We recognize the time they spend away from their families, especially during the holiday season, and are grateful for all of their hard work. To all of the drivers that are part of the C.R. England family, thank you for everything you do. We appreciate you today, and every day of the year.