ATA hosting appreciation events nationwide

| September 18, 2012

American Trucking Associations said that it is “taking this week to honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely, every day,” as part of the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

ATA says it, along with its state affiliates and American’s Road Team Captains, will celebrate by holding events around the country.

“Professional truck drivers deliver our nation’s essential freight safely, every day,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.  “As a result of this commitment, our nation’s highways are the safest they have ever been and our grocery shelves are stocked. We as a nation, owe a great deal to the truck drivers out on our nation’s roads, as well as the families of those behind the wheel.”

The celebrations this week will be hosted by motor carriers, shippers and others with million-mile and safety awards, cash bonuses or gifts, an extra paid day off, a cup of coffee or windshield cleaning at truck stops, goodie bags with fresh fruit and water, free health checks and numerous celebration meals. Several events will last 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.  Many celebrations will be kicked off with a video tribute to the professional truck driver.

ATA is once again hosting a video contest focusing on the professional truck driver.  To view some of the industry submissions, click here.

Dates for upcoming National Truck Driver Appreciation Week celebrations will be September 15-21, 2013 and September 14-20, 2014.

  • Marty Marsh

    Now this is some funny git,ATA of all people.

  • Marty Marsh


  • My Mate

    Everyday should be a Driver appreciation Day for what these drivers have to put up with out on the road.My husband is a independant driver and I was with him on the road during Driver Appreciation Week, and not once did he get a free cup of coffee or even a thank you for what he does.People have no ideal of what these drivers go thru,unless you have been on the truck with them. Drivers are not appreciated, they are abused and called all kinds ot names, because they are truck drivers. Wake up people, if it was not for truck drivers, you would not have food on your tables, clothes on your back,and etc.These drivers should be appreciated every day not just one week out of the year. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.