The American Trucking Associations is taking the week of August 24-30 to extend a national "pat on the back" to the 3.5 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.
"Professional truck drivers move America’s freight," said Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. "The men and women of the truck industry are working hard everyday to make sure grocery shelves are stocked, medical supplies are available, and all of life’s essentials are delivered safely, securely, and on time. We take this week to say a collective ‘thank you’ for all their hard work."
During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, ATA and its state affiliates will mark the celebration by handing out logbook rulers with the 2008 NTDAW logo to truck drivers across the nation.
The celebrations include million-mile and safety awards, cash bonuses or gifts, an extra paid day off, a cup of coffee or windshield cleaning at truckstops, and numerous company picnics—some lasting all week until every driver cycles through company headquarters. Office personnel at some companies are also encouraged to spend a few days out on the road to see the driver’s side of their business.