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Thank a Truck Driver (or two)

Changing Driver Behavior
Jun 07/2016 Published by:

With National Truck Driver Week soon approaching (September 16-22), take a minute to thank your drivers or colleagues and show your appreciation for all they do.

There are over 3.1 million professional truck drivers nationwide – logging close to 398 billion miles each year. In 2011, these dedicated men and women delivered 67 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage – or over 9.2 billion tons of freight. In fact, 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry.

Thank your drivers for being safe on the road. Over the past decade (from 2000 to 2009), the number of truck-involved fatalities has fallen by 36% and the number of truck-involved injuries has fallen by 47%. Even with a 41% increase in the number of registered large trucks, truck-involved fatalities have dropped by 33% and injuries have dropped by 39% since the current hours of service rules went into effect (2003 – 2009). In fact, did you know that trucks have an overall crash rate less than half that of other vehicles?

Truck drivers have an incredibly difficult job of sharing the road with non-professional drivers who have no concept of the challenges of operating a large vehicle. How are you going to acknowledge your drivers? I recommend you start thinking about it now.


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