5 Great Reasons for Truckers to Be Thankful
There are times when even the most attractive job in the world doesn’t look so wonderful. During those times, it can be easy to never see the good. This is the time of year when we all need to make a concerted effort to stay positive. Trucking may be more difficult over the holiday season, but that does not mean that there are not any silver linings.
In celebration of all our drivers do to make C.R. England the nation’s leader in temperature-controlled trucking, we’ve put together a post listing five great reasons for truckers in general, and the entire C.R. England organization in particular, to be thankful as we enter the 2017 holiday season.
1. Be Thankful for the Miles
Truck drivers earn only when the wheels are turning. So first and foremost, we are all thankful for the miles. If it were not for the many miles our drivers put in every week, they would not be able to support their families. Every mile represents a little more money that can go toward Thanksgiving dinner and that long list of Christmas presents. More importantly, every mile pays the daily bills.
2. Be Thankful for the Freight
Freight is what makes all those miles possible. We all rely heavily on freight for our livelihoods, so we are especially thankful this year that freight volumes are picking up as the economy improves. More freight means more trucks on the road covering more miles. That’s good for C.R. England, our for drivers, and the trucking industry in general.
3. Be Thankful for the Trucks
To say that truck technology has made a difference over the last five or six years is to understate just how dramatically our industry has changed. Truck driving used to be such a manually intense job that only the biggest, strongest men could handle it over the long term. Today, technology has changed things to the point that trucking is a great job just about anybody with a CDL can handle. Modern equipment is a lot easier to operate; it is safer and better for the environment as well.
4. Be Thankful for Fuel Prices
The cost of fuel is one of the biggest inhibitors of the trucking industry. Thankfully, fuel prices have remained comparably low since the shale oil boom first caused prices to fall a few years ago. Lower fuel prices are good for everyone in the trucking industry. Carriers spend less, drivers earn more, and consumers pay lower retail prices as a result.
5. Be Thankful for the Road System
While it is true that our infrastructure is in need of considerable maintenance and repair work, the U.S. highway system is still among the best in the world. There are plenty of countries with either limited or no regional highway system at all. Getting from point A to point B can take many times longer than it takes here in the U.S.
Thanks to our interstate system, a trucker can get on I-40 in North Carolina and travel clear across the country to California at highway speeds. And that is just one example. Since President Dwight D Eisenhower championed the national highway system back to the 1950s, more than 47,000 miles of interstate highways have been constructed.
It is true that those of us in the trucking industry can find plenty of reasons to complain. But it’s equally true that we have a lot to be thankful for. This time of year, let us all try to keep our minds on the positive. Thankfulness is a good character trait to practice.