Updated: May 7
We'd all be sitting here naked and hungry!
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2020 is from September 13th-19th. Truck drivers will be celebrated for the commitments and sacrifices they have made to keep our country moving forward during a year which has been unlike any we have seen before.
Much of the general public doesn't realize how important truck drivers are in their lives. When we don’t see the processes that our daily necessities and luxuries go through, we can take them for granted. When we go to the grocery store we might see someone stocking a shelf, but we don’t see the truck driver who delivered those supplies. If truck drivers stopped working, the impact on our daily lives and our economy would be truly disastrous.
Here are some examples of what the world would look like if it weren't for truck drivers:
Imagine the first 24 hours without truck drivers
Hospitals would begin running low of basic medical supplies
Long lines would begin to form for fuel
Mail and package delivery services would stop
Within two to three days
Grocery stores and restaurants would run out of fresh food
Banks and ATMs would run out of cash
Service stations would run out of fuel
Cities and suburbs would begin to gather piles of uncollected garbage
Within one week
Lack of fuel would cause motor transportation to cease
Lack of fuel would also mean that police, fire, and other rescue vehicles would be unable to provide assistance
Hospitals would begin running low on oxygen supplies
And finally, within one month
Clean water supply would be gone
And almost all manufacturers would have to shut down due to lack of components, leaving thousands out of work...
This information should help us realize just how important truck drivers truly are. It's important to keep in mind that a truck doesn't deliver anything. It's the truck driver that delivers the much needed inventories and supplies that keeps the world turning. Truck drivers should not just be appreciated this week, but every week, for all of the hard work they do.