Truck Drivers: Heroes of the Highway
Truck drivers are the lifeblood of our economy and the highways they travel are the arteries by which they deliver the goods we all need. Almost 70% of all cargo moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Yearly, over 9 billion tons of freight is hauled all over the country. The average a long-haul driver drives 500 miles in a day but can go as high as 650 miles. That’s 10 hours or more on the road. Add up all the miles driven in a year and an average long-haul driver has driven over 100,000 miles – the equivalent of driving around the world four times!
Some drivers often work up to 70 hours a week. That’s 30 hours more than the average 9-5’er. All this leads to a lot of time away from their families. That alone can be tough. Add in boredom, bad weather, bad food, irregular sleep patterns, and nutty four wheelers, you begin to just scratch the surface of the dedication and hard work that every truck driver does day in and day out.
On top of all they do to make sure that their cargo gets delivered on time, drivers are also the definition of heroes. They may not wear capes, but they certainly make a difference in a lot of lives. Many times they are the first on the scene at traffic accidents, stopping to help and often risking their lives to save others. When natural disasters such as hurricanes hit a community, truck drivers are the ones that make sure that supplies and aid make it to those in need.
It takes skill, determination, and courage to be a truck driver. They are the backbone of not only our economy, but economies worldwide. Without trucks and their drivers, the economy would come to a screeching halt. The products used by everyone everyday were all delivered to businesses by trucks. Everything from the food in our fridge to the clothes we wear and even the vehicles we drive were all moved from their points of origin to the places where we bought them. Without that vital supply chain our lives would be thrown into chaos.
Let’s not forget all the other cargo: livestock; raw materials that are moved daily to be processed into goods; building materials; dangerous materials that are moved to keep us all safe; fuel to keep all the transportation flowing. The list of freight is vast and truckers move it all.
For all the drivers, no matter if your hauls are short or long, thank you for all the hard work you do. Thank you for the sacrifices you make to do your job so that America gets everything it wants and needs. And, most of all, thank you for being heroes and guardians on the roadways. You are greatly appreciated!