Updated: Feb 26, 2020
It can be easy to take advantage of everyday items you consume or use throughout your day. Think about what you do for your morning routine. You probably get up and brush your teeth, get dressed, eat some breakfast, and then start your day. If you did those three things this morning, they were all made possible because of the trucking industry.
According to the American Trucking Association, “More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.” That is an eye-opening fact when thinking about everything we do in one day, and how many commodities our country consumes daily.
Now, let’s take this a step further, think about the person that is driving the truck that delivers the commodities to the store. It is not the truck that delivers the goods; it is the truck driver, and without professional truck drivers, your morning routine would not be possible.
36-year-old Brad Westpfahl has been driving a truck four years and understands how essential truck drivers are to the economy. “Truck drivers have a crucial role in keeping consumer goods moving. I like being a part of that,” Westpfahl said. “The truth is, if we didn’t have trucker drivers delivering everything, we wouldn’t have many things.” Westpfahl added.
The shipping of consumer goods is not the only reason to be thankful for truck drivers. They play a significant role in the transportation of machines that protect our county and soldiers every day.
Andrew Zullner, a 25-year-old truck driver that works at FTL feels a sense of pride when doing his job every day. “It’s great to know that I am helping our country and soldiers in a small way,” Zullner said. “I get to be a part of the process by shipping parts for trucks that our soldiers are going to use to protect themselves and our country. That is pretty amazing.” Zullner added.
From the food we eat to the armor that protects our soldiers overseas. Truck drivers are critical to the world we live in. That is why it is so important to thank a truck driver not just this week, but any week. So will you join us in honoring the men and women for their hard work and commitment to keeping our economy and world moving? If you see a truck driver, say thank you!