It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! Started by American Trucking Associations (ATA), the week-long celebration kicked off September 10th and runs through September 16th. According to ATA, this week:
America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, they also keep our highways safe.
ATA’s first vice chairman, David Manning, talks about the important role that drivers play in driving the economy of the country. He says:
Truck drivers work day in and day out to make our jobs possible, our shopping more convenient, and our roads a lot safer. Truck drivers are entrusted with large vehicles, yet we know we can rely on them to be fully aware of their surroundings on the road and make good decisions. They make safety their responsibility and truly deliver everything that makes our economy function.
A number of companies and government agencies are taking time to celebrate and say thank you. Here’s a list of truck stops, restaurants, and other companies recognizing truckers and offering deals as part of #NTDAW.
Love’s Travel Stops, throughout September, is offering drivers the chance to win $100 in My Love Rewards points, and one driver will win a grand prize of $10,000 in points. Drivers can enter the sweepstakes by going to any Love’s store with a touchscreen and entering their My Love Rewards number. Drivers can enter once per week. Every time they enter, they have a chance to win 10,000 points, worth $100. Drivers can also receive a free Love’s hat with the purchase of three pairs of gloves for $9.99 at any Love’s location.
Pilot Flying J is giving away a combined 100 million myRewards points to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Truckers can enter by swiping their myRewards card at Pilot and Flying J Travel Center diesel fuel pumps. There is a one entry per day limit.
TA-Petro is offering its UltraONE members free coffee during the week, and all TA Truck Service locations will be running discounted pricing on mud flaps, air hoses, tarp straps, and more. Additionally, individual TA-Petro locations will be holding events throughout the week including concerts, goody bags, snacks, games, window washing, pet washing, and more.
Denny’s is offering drivers the opportunity to enter sweepstakes to win prizes such as Denny’s gift cards or free Grand Slam meals for a year. Ten drivers will win a $100 gift card, and 10 will receive free Grand Slams for a year. Drivers will also receive a scratch-off card with various discounts and prizes, along with a 10 percent discount key tag that can be used through Dec. 31, 2018.
Rudolph Foods, producer of pork rinds, is partnering with the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund in a campaign to recognize truckers. Truck drivers can submit a photo of a state they’ve driven through with a recognizable landmark for a chance to win $2,500. When each state is filled, St. Christopher will receive a donation.
Rolling Strong is partnering with TA-Petro and the Truckload Carriers Association to offer CDL wellness coaches and health screenings at eight TA-Petro locations during NTDAW. At each location, Rolling Strong will have wellness coaches on-hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. who will conduct health coaching and screenings consisting of weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and BMI checks. Participating TA-Petro locations are: Carnesville, Ga., Atlanta, Bordentown, N.J., Pittsburgh, and Rockwall, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 12; Hebron, Ohio and Ontario, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 13; and Hillsboro, Texas on Friday, Sept. 15.
Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry image and education campaign, is encouraging the trucking industry and the general public to get involved by using the hashtag #ThankATruckDriver on social media during the week. Make sure to follow Cartrack on Twitter to see everything we’re doing to thank our truckers this week. And check out the ATA’s video below to learn more about how trucking moves America forward.