National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Aug. 21-27

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is this week, Aug. 21-27, the same week as the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

During the week, the nation’s motor carriers, state trucking associations and trucking industry manufacturers and suppliers will honor drivers in various ways — million-mile and safety awards, cash bonuses or gifts, an extra paid day off, a cup of coffee, even a simple windshield cleaning.

Many of the nation’s governors plan to officially designate the week as well.

America’s truck drivers deserve at least a week of praise for their safe, efficient and timely hauls, said Bill Graves, American Trucking Associations president and CEO.

“With trucking delivering nearly 70 percent of the freight moved in this country, and with more than 80 percent of our communities depending solely on trucking to deliver their food, clothing and other necessities, it is an important job, and the men and women who do it deserve our thanks,” Graves said.

ATA is selling Appreciation Week calling cards, caps, shirts, banners and pins. For more information or to share your celebration plans, call 800-282-5463 or visit www.ntdaw.org.