Truck Driver Appreciation Week

The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week continues through Sept. 19. To commemorate the occasion, carriers and truck stops nationwide are offering specials, holding award ceremonies and grilling out.

ATA created appreciation week in 1988 to honor America’s 3.4 million drivers for all their hard work. It has been commemorated every year since then.

“National Truck Driver Appreciation Week provides us the opportunity to honor the millions of men and women who safely and professionally move freight across this great country each and every day,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said in a video message launching National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. “We know what a challenging job driving a truck can be, but we also know that trucks move America forward and without each of you we just simply couldn’t get that job done.”

TravelCenters of America takes honoring drivers one step further, hosting special events at many of its TA and Petro locations all month long—up until Oct. 2. Each location will hand out driver appreciation giveaways, and many locations also are celebrating with games, health fairs, dog washing and live music.

“Millions of professional drivers deliver our goods across America safely, securely and on time every day,” said Tom O’Brien, president and CEO of TravelCenters, in a release. “Not only are they handling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs, but they are also helping keep our highways safe.

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