The International Professional Driver Appreciation Week is coming up.
From 4th May to 8th May
Dear Professional Truck Drivers,
THANK YOU to the Professional Drivers across the globe. We know the struggles and hardships a life in the transport industry can bring, but each one of you is vital to our livelihoods and our economy.
Here’s why we are thanking the World’s Professional Drivers:
THANK YOU, Professional Truck Driver,
Imagine working 70+ hours per week in almost complete solitude with all sorts of different job conditions to manage. From crazy weather and substantial temperature swings to extremely bad traffic in some of the world’s busiest cities to erratic sleep cycles to being confined to a tiny space for weeks at a time. Imagine, for one second, not seeing your family, spouse, children, girlfriend, boyfriend, for weeks at a time.
Then imagine the stress of knowing that you are in one of the most hazardous jobs in the country and your safety must always constantly be your concern. Imagine being on the clock for nearly 15 hours in a given day and pulling into a service station to get your rest for the night and not finding anywhere to park.
Imagine being in a profession where people don’t realize how hard your job really is, not giving your vehicle enough space to manoeuvre, putting you in danger, and not getting respect from the general motoring public for what you do every day. There’s a famous saying in the transportation industry, and that is “if you bought it, a truck driver brought it”.
Swallow that for a minute and realize that everything you purchase was delivered safely and damage-free by a Professional Truck Driver.
Now compare that to the average person’s working 38-45 hours per week. While we don’t get to travel the country and enjoy the open road, most of us aren’t in solitude all day long and have plenty of social interaction to get us through our day. Most of us aren’t confined to a small space. We can get up at any time during our day and take a break, go outside, go for a walk, or whatever we need to do to get refreshed. Most of us are sheltered from the weather and aren’t in danger the entire length of our workday. And finally, most of us get to go home to our families and friends at the end of every workday.
Our point is, there is a lot to appreciate about a Professional Truck Driver. Truthfully, it’s a job that most of us either wouldn’t be able to do, or willing to do. Truck driving is a lifestyle that many people don’t understand. It consumes their days for weeks at a time. Some of our most courageous, dependable and hardest workers in the countries are the Professional Truck Drivers. They are the backbone of our economy and what keeps this country moving.
A great big THANK YOU from us to all you Professional Truck Drivers for what you do and for the sacrifices you make.
THANK YOU for bringing the goods for the public needs from point A to point B. Without you, we couldn’t live our lives the way we do today.
THANK YOU for transporting the food we eat to our grocery stores and restaurants. Without you, we wouldn’t have the food on our tables.
THANK YOU for following safety regulations. Without your careful training and respect for laws, we’d have more accidents on the highway.
THANK YOU for moving healthcare items and medication to our local doctors, pharmacists and hospitals. Without you, we wouldn’t have accessible healthcare.
THANK YOU for learning how to handle the various weather conditions you face while on the road. Without you moving freight 365 days a year, our nations would be impacted severely.
THANK YOU for transporting the nation’s fuel to gas stations. Without you, we couldn’t get to work, the store or anywhere we needed to be. Without Professional Truck Drivers, we couldn’t utilize cars or other methods of public transportation.
THANK YOU for also moving fuel to airports, train stations and shipping ports. Without you, the entire transportation industry wouldn’t function properly.
THANK YOU for taking up a demanding lifestyle to move the country forward. Without you doing your job, we couldn’t do ours – every industry, from manufacturing to retail, runs on the goods you transport.
THANK YOU for being away from your friends and family for extended periods. Without your dedication to your work, our economy and lives would be severely hindered.
THANK YOU for tackling one of our economy’s most challenging and essential jobs. Our world today couldn’t function without you!
We want to say an additional THANK YOU to the spouses, kids and friends that support our Professional Drivers. Without your encouragement and understanding, the Professional Drivers on the road wouldn’t be able to do their jobs.
So if you are a Professional Driver reading this, THANK YOU from myself and all of my family, friends and neighbours. If you are a dispatcher reading this, thank the Professional Driver you work with every day for their work. If you are a person impacted by any of the things listed above reading this, thank the Professional Drivers you see at the service station or truck stops, out to eat or while on the road.
Professional Driver be safe out there in all that you do. From the bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU for everything you do!
PDF file to download Say Thank you! (in English), Sage Dankeschön! (in German), Dites merci! (in French), Dici Gracie! (in Italian), Sanoaan Kutos (in Finish), download and translate it into your language/dialect and please let us know, a short email to Robert.Kastner@UICR.org to be able to name your company, organisation. club and country.