National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Aug. 20-26

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America’s 3.24 million truck drivers will receive a nationwide pat on the back for their work in moving freight across the country as part of the 11th annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, set for Aug. 20-26. During the annual celebration, the nation’s motor carriers, state trucking associations and trucking industry manufacturers and suppliers will honor drivers in various ways, including million-mile and safety awards, cash bonuses or gifts, an extra paid holiday or company picnics.

In the past, many companies have had office personnel, driver managers and executives wash drivers’ trucks and ride along with them on the road, while others have sent drivers a daily message of appreciation over their mobile communications equipment or had sales on truck parts and accessories. In addition, many governors have issued official proclamations designating the week as Truck Driver Appreciation Week in their respective states.

  • Drivers with Roehl Transport will get a little extra attention during Driver Appreciation Week with the terminal and office staff hosting festivities in their honor. Each driver will receive a gift and will be served lunches and dinners at Roehl terminals during the week. Greg Koepel, vice president of work force development, said it is simply a chance for the company to spend a little time with drivers in person.
  • ABF Freight System is celebrating with a systemwide campaign called “Appreciate Your Trucker … ABF Does.” All ABF employees will receive a special letter of appreciation from Bob Davidson, ABF president and chief executive officer, and ABF service centers throughout North America also will host special festivities. “This appreciation campaign recognizes the contributions of ABF professional drivers, as well as all other ABF employees,” says Roy Slagle, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “ABF employees add value to our customers’ supply chains every day with personalized service and accurate, conscientious execution. We sincerely appreciate the contributions of ABF employees across North America to the continued success of our company.”
  • Drivers for CTL Distribution can look forward to hot meals for breakfast and lunch, ranging from hot dogs and hamburgers to chicken spaghetti and jambalaya. And when it’s time to get back on the road, drivers will leave with a brand-new CTL hat and T-shirt. Every CTL terminal is participating with its own events, including terminals in Houston; Freeport, Texas; Sterlington, La.; St. Gabriel, La.; Mobile, Ala.; Atlanta; Savannah, Ga.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Mulberry, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; and E. St. Louis, Ill. To make drivers aware of the day’s events, and to thank them for a job well done, CTL will welcome drivers each morning with a different Driver Appreciation Week Qualcomm announcement.
  • “Our drivers are the greatest there are, so we really enjoy preparing for Driver Appreciation Week,” says Ken Wieck, CTL’s director of human resources and driver recruiting. “We always get a great response, and each year gets better. Of course, when you truly appreciate your drivers, it shows no matter what week it is. I think a driver’s sense of being appreciated plays a big part in whether he or she will decide to stay with a company — or move on.”

    Carriers and others are encouraged to share their National Truck Driver Appreciation Week celebration plans at