National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Thank you to all of those who came out and joined us for this year's driver appreciation event at Clearwater Travel Plaza! 

Don't Forget to Say Thank You to a Truck Driver

Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel to head out on the highway, with their sights set on a specific destination. Some of them are off to the store, some to school and some to their office building. For Minnesota’s professional truck drivers, their sights aren’t set on a certain end point, because they work on the highway.

Currently, there are 3.4 million professional truck drivers in America. These hard-working professionals deliver America’s goods like food, fuel, medicine and clothing. Every item in your home or office was delivered by a truck.

September 10-16, 2017 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It is a time for us to honor the professionalism and sacrifice of the men and women on whom we depend for so much.

These drivers delivered nearly 10 billion tons of freight last year, or about 70 percent of all the freight moved in the U.S. Sixty eight percent of Minnesota communities receive all their goods via truck.

The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy and our professional drivers are our industry’s heart. They are committed to safely delivering all the things that make our collective quality of life possible. Their commitment to safety is apparent in the consistent improvements in highway safety we have seen over the past decade.

This week, when you head to the store and see the variety of products that are available on the shelves, think about the professional drivers that got them there. When you’re in your home or office, look around and realize all those items were at some point in the back of truck before they got to you.

When you’re out to dinner, think about the meal you’re about to eat and how the ingredients were very recently delivered by truck.

During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, take a moment to be thankful for the efforts of Minnesota’s truck drivers and recognize that without them, your table, your closet and the store would all be empty.

Our trucks and truck drivers, truly do move America forward.