5 Reasons Truckers Deserve More Respect

Truckers don’t get the credit they’re due.

That’s frustrating because we all owe so much to truckers and the work they do every day.

The trouble is that most of us don’t see that work. We see the end product. The food on the shelf. The shirt on the rack. The medicine in the cabinet.

Most of us don’t ever think about the journey that item took to get there. We don’t think about the trucker who dealt with all the paperwork, dodged terrible drivers on the road, and spent countless nights away from home to make sure everything got to where it needed to be.

This list is about highlighting all the things drivers do that the rest of us never really think about because truckers make sure we don’t have to.

 

1. They deliver everything.


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In America, truckers deliver over 70% of all goods. That’s 10.5 billion tons of freight each year.
That includes your food, clothes, furniture, medicine, electronics, and whatever you bought on Amazon yesterday.

 

2. They brave grave danger.


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Trucking is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in America for a reason.

 

3. They work hard.


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Legally, truckers can drive 11 hours each day and be on-duty for 14. Throw in the hours they spend waiting at docks (often unpaid) and it’s not uncommon for drivers to work 70-80 hours per week, if not more.

 

4. They just keep going.


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Combined, truckers travel over 430 billion miles each year. That’s enough to circle the earth 17 million times.

 

5. They don’t get paid enough.


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Despite the 70-hour workweeks, time away from home, and tough lifestyle, the median truck driver makes just over $40,000.
Truckers put in the time, do the work, and deliver the goods.

Too often, we don’t do the same for them. It’s time that truckers got the credit they’re due and the respect they deserve.
 

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Author: Steele Roddick

Steele is a writer and editor who grew up in a family of truckers. His grandfather owned a small trucking business for years. Being legally blind, however, Steele knew he could never drive and needed to find different ways to contribute. These days he does so with his words and by promoting LoadPal, an app he likes to think his grandfather, and certainly his grandmother, would have loved.

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