Each year, the American Trucking Association designates a week in September as “National Truck Driver Appreciation Week”. Although C.R. England appreciates our drivers every week of the year, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week allows companies and customers of all sizes to honor and recognize the incredible drivers that make up the trucking industry. During this week, C.R. England holds events across the nation, providing food and gifts to all of our drivers, but this effort is the least we can do to recognize our drivers. The fact of the matter is that America would stop moving if it weren’t for truck drivers.
When we go to our favorite local grocery store and see the shelves fully stocked with food, we don’t often think about how the food actually got there. When we go to the gas station to fuel our cars, gas always magically pumps into our car and we think none the wiser. Well, how do the basic necessities in life (and our favorite luxuries) get to us? And what would happen if the trucking industry stopped?
If Trucks Stopped
Within 24 hours, we would begin to see the immediate effects of a trucking stoppage. We quickly would see changes in our daily lives, America’s economy, and even the global economy. Here is a breakdown of what would happen.
- The delivery of medical supplies would stop and hospitals would begin to run out of basic supplies
- Food and gas shortages would begin to develop
- S. mail and other package deliveries would cease
- Food and gas shortages would increase, leading to increased prices, long lines, hoarding, and consumer panic
- ATMs and banks would run out of cash
- Garbage would begin to pile up
- Container ships would sit in ports and rail transport come to a standstill
- Hospitals would begin to run out of oxygen supplies and other life-saving materials
- Automobile travel would stop due to a lack of fuel
- Clean water supply would begin to diminish
It is evident that the trucking industry, particularly truck drivers, play a crucial role in ensuring our health, ease of living, and overall comfort. Without drivers, schools would be unable to provide lunch, hospitals would have too much medical waste and not enough medicine and supplies, and Amazon packages would go undelivered after two days (AKA chaos for us Prime members).
This Driver Appreciation Week, may we all recognize the impact our drivers have on our lives and remember to keep this spirit all year long. To all of our C.R. England drivers, thank you for the essential role you play in providing for our nation. Without you, our lives would be very different.