Truck drivers make nearly every aspect of daily life possible transporting goods and resources from food, vital medical supplies, household goods, and many other items Americans depend on each day. These road warriors move on average 11.84 billion tons of freight representing roughly 80 percent of the nation’s freight, according to the American Trucking Association.
If you’re looking for ways to show your respect, here are a few things you can do while sharing the highway:
- In heavy traffic, remember large trucks need more room to merge lanes. If given the opportunity, make ample room for a truck driver to merge safely. The smallest gesture can go a long way.
- Make sure you give trucks adequate space. The stopping time and distance for a truck is much greater than a small vehicle. A fully loaded truck needs nearly two football fields to stop in ideal weather conditions. By suddenly cutting off a truck, you’re reducing their safe stopping distance.
- Be mindful of truck blind spots and pass with caution. Help everyone reach their destination and return home safely.
Is there someone you can reach out to and show your appreciation? For the long hours spent, packages delivered, inclement weather faced, and commitment to show up each day, MHC would like to say thank you. Drivers, your dedication and hard work have not gone unseen.
Today and every day, our hats are off to you.