A number of truck stops, restaurants and other companies are recognizing truckers and offering deals as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a week dedicated to celebrating truck drivers in the U.S. spearheaded by the American Trucking Associations, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Sept. 16.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is coordinated each year to show the country’s 3.5 million truck drivers that carriers, shippers and the rest of the industry appreciate the job they do, ATA says.
Some promotions and other efforts taking place during the week include:
iLuvMyTrucker: Overdrive sister site Truckers News opened nominations for its iLuvMyTrucker contest, which gives the opportunity to recognize truck drivers. Nominations are now open and will run until the end of September. To nominate a trucker, fill out the iLuvMyTrucker form and attach a photo of the driver, then click the “Submit Your Nomination” button.
Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry image and education campaign, is encouraging the trucking industry and the general public to get involved by using the hashtag #ThankATruckDriver on social media during the week.
Love’s Travel Stops, throughout September, is offering drivers the chance to win $100 in My Love Rewards points, and one driver will win a grand prize of $10,000 in points. Drivers can enter the sweepstakes by going to any Love’s store with a touchscreen and entering their My Love Rewards number. Drivers can enter once per week. Every time they enter, they have a chance to win 10,000 points, worth $100. Drivers can also receive a free Love’s hat with the purchase of three pairs of gloves for $9.99 at any Love’s location.
Pilot Flying J is giving away a combined 100 million myRewards points to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Truckers can enter by swiping their myRewards card at Pilot and Flying J Travel Center diesel fuel pumps. There is a one entry per day limit.
TA-Petro is offering its UltraONE members free coffee during the week, and all TA Truck Service locations will be running discounted pricing on mud flaps, air hoses, tarp straps and more. Additionally, individual TA-Petro locations will be holding events throughout the week including concerts, goody bags, snacks, games, window washing, pet washing and more.
Denny’s is offering drivers the opportunity to enter sweepstakes to win prizes such as Denny’s gift cards or free Grand Slam meals for a year. Ten drivers will win a $100 gift card, and 10 will receive free Grand Slams for a year. Drivers will also receive a scratch-off card with various discounts and prizes, along with a 10 percent discount key tag that can be used through Dec. 31, 2018.
Rudolph Foods, producer of pork rinds, is partnering with the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund in a campaign to recognize truckers. Truck drivers can submit a photo of a state they’ve driven through with a recognizable landmark for a chance to win $2,500. When each state is filled, St. Christopher will receive a donation.
Teletrac Navman is hosting a contest from Sept. 8-22 where drivers can share their observations, stories and thoughts about life on the road on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WhyIHaul. Each week, truckers with the top two most-liked posts will win Amazon and Pilot Flying J gift cards.
Rolling Strong is partnering with TA-Petro and the Truckload Carriers Association to offer CDL wellness coaches and health screenings at eight TA-Petro locations during NTDAW. At each location, Rolling Strong will have wellness coaches on-hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. who will conduct health coaching and screenings consisting of weight, blood pressure, heart rate and BMI checks. Participating TA-Petro locations are: Carnesville, Ga., Atlanta, Bordentown, N.J., Pittsburgh, and Rockwall, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 12; Hebron, Ohio and Ontario, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 13; and Hillsboro, Texas on Friday, Sept. 15.