03 Jul Thank You, Truck Drivers
We at Simon Transport want to give a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to the professional truck drivers across the United States. We know the struggles and hardships a life in trucking can bring, but each one of you is vital to our livelihoods and our economy. Here’s why we are thanking the nation’s professional drivers:
Imagine working 70+ hours per week in almost complete solitude with all sorts of different job conditions to manage. From crazy weather and huge temperature swings, to extremely bad traffic in some of the country’s busiest cities, to erratic sleep cycles, to being confined to a very small space for weeks at a time. Imagine, for one second, not seeing your family, spouse, children, girlfriend, boyfriend, for weeks at a time. Then imagine the stress of knowing that you are in one of the most hazardous jobs in the country and your safety must always constantly be your concern. Imagine being on the clock for nearly 14 hours in a given day and pulling into a truck stop to get your rest for the night and not finding anywhere to park. Imagine being in a profession where people don’t realize how hard your job really is, not giving your vehicle enough space to maneuver, putting you in danger, and not getting respect from the general motoring public for what you do every day. There’s a famous saying in the transportation industry, and that is “if you bought it, a truck driver brought it”. Swallow that for a minute and realize that everything you purchase was delivered safely and damage free by a professional truck driver.
Now compare that to the average American working 40-45 hours per week. While we don’t get to travel the country and enjoy the open road, most of us aren’t in solitude all day long and have plenty of social interaction to get us through our day. Most of us aren’t confined to a small space. We can get up at any time during our day and take a break, go outside, go for a walk, or whatever we need to do to get refreshed. Most of us are sheltered from the weather and aren’t in danger the entire length of our work day. And finally, most of us get to go home to our families and friends at the end of every workday.
Our point is, there is a lot to appreciate about a truck driver. Truthfully, it’s a job that most of us either wouldn’t be able to do, or willing to do. Truck driving is a lifestyle that many people don’t understand. It consumes their days for weeks at a time. Some of our most courageous, dependable and hardest workers in this country are truck drivers. They are the backbone of our economy and what keeps this country moving.
A great big “THANK YOU” from us to all you truck drivers for what you do and for the sacrifices you make.
THANK YOU for bringing the goods the American public needs from point A to point B. Without you, we couldn’t live our lives the way we do today.
THANK YOU for transporting the food we eat to our grocery stores and restaurants. Without you, we wouldn’t have the food on our tables.
THANK YOU for following safety regulations. Without your careful training and respect for laws, we’d have more accidents on the highway.
THANK YOU for moving healthcare items and medication to our local doctors, pharmacists and hospitals. Without you, we wouldn’t have accessible healthcare.
THANK YOU for learning how to handle the various weather conditions you face while on the road. Without you moving freight 365 days a year, our nation would be impacted severely.
THANK YOU for transporting the nation’s fuel to gas stations. Without you, we couldn’t get to work, the store or anywhere we needed to be. Without truck drivers, we couldn’t utilize cars or other methods of public transportation.
THANK YOU for also moving fuel to airports, train stations and shipping ports. Without you, the entire transportation industry wouldn’t function properly.
THANK YOU for taking up a difficult lifestyle to move America forward. Without you doing your job, we couldn’t do ours – every industry, from manufacturing to retail, runs on the goods you transport.
THANK YOU for being away from your friends and family for extended periods of time. Without your dedication to your work, our economy and lives would be seriously hindered.
THANK YOU for tackling one of our economy’s most challenging and essential jobs. Our world today couldn’t function without you!
We want to say an additional THANK YOU to the spouses, kids and friends that support our nations truck drivers. Without your encouragement and understanding, the professional drivers on the road wouldn’t be able to do their jobs.
So if you are a professional driver reading this, THANK YOU from myself and all of Simon Transport. If you are a dispatcher reading this, thank the carriers you work with every day for their work. If you are a person impacted by any of the things listed above reading this, thank the professional drivers you see at rest stops, out to eat or while on the road.
We would like to give an even louder shout out to all of America’s active military and veterans, as well as all our emergency service providers that put their lives on the line every single day to make this country safe. In the industry there are a lot of drivers that have served this great country in a capacity greater than the average citizen and we can tell you that they make great truck drivers. Honesty, integrity, hard work and appreciation for getting the job done the right way and the safe way makes them everything any company could ask for in an employee.
Be safe out there in all that you do. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for everything you do!
Recruiting and Marketing Manager