Transportation TIP List: Week of September 13th, 2015

Posted - September 16, 2015

Transportation TIP List: Week of September 13th, 2015

Truck Driver Appreciation Week is in full swing! We’re saluting these #TruckingHeroes that excel at one of North America’s most important (and demanding) jobs all week here on Logistically Speaking. But have you taken the time this week to think about exactly why truck drivers are important to us and the reasons we should truly appreciate them? We’ll start things off! Here are some of the many reasons that we value truck drivers:

  • Because your job is very important to our nation.
  • Because you connect us to the essential items we all need and use every day, including food, clothing and medical supplies.
  • Because due to extensive training, you represent safe driving on the road.
  • Because of the respect you have for the road and for driving.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of this week’s trends in trucking that are particularly important for our nation’s truck drivers. These stories take an in-depth look at what it means to be a trucking hero, and what their day-to-day lives are like. Read on for more!

  •  Transportation Sector Gains 7,000 Jobs in August: The transportation sector gained 7,300 jobs in August as the national unemployment rate fell to 5.1%, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,795,000 jobs in transportation in August, compared to 4,787,700 in July.
  • Photos From Inside the Cabs of Long-Distance Truckers: The 18-wheeler is a symbol of American freedom and blue-collar pride if ever there was one. But beyond a wary pass in the left hand lane, most of us don’t give much thought to the giant Peterbilts and Macks barreling down the highway 24 hours a day. Who are the people driving them and what does it look like inside the cab?
  • Women Truckers Smash Stereotypes By Outperforming Men: Female truckers are sliding into long-haul cabs as companies seek to end a U.S. driver shortage, and they’re proving to be better behind the wheel than men. That’s no surprise to Stephanie Klang, 57, who used to drive in a team with her former husband. She stays on the road alone for up to five weeks and lives out of her truck with her cats as companions.
  • How the U.S. Trucking Industry is Keeping up with the Economy: With the U.S. economy continuing to expand, trucking companies have had to keep up with ever-growing freight demand. And instead of putting more trucks on the road and hiring people to drive them, the industry is opting to add more trailers to increase the capacity each individual driver can haul.
  • Confessions of a Truck Driver: The long-haul trucker has been immortalized in song and lore as both a romantic free spirit and a weary gypsy. The truth, one might assume, lies somewhere between those extremes. But why assume when you can get the real story straight from the source?
  • These are the People Who Haul Our Food Across America: Chefs may now be celebrities, farmers our food heroes, and small-batch producers worthy of culinary canonization. Yet the workers who make up one of the largest groups in the American food system rarely get a mention: truckers.

What are some of the reasons you value truck drivers this week?

Be sure to get involved with us this week and stay tuned here on the blog and on our social media channels for more National Truck Driver Appreciation Week activities!