It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Fantastic! But it seems a bit limited when it comes to gratitude sharing. For instance, you could realistically thank several truck drivers every single day when your mail arrives. Think about it. That birthday card you got from crazy Aunt Dora (after all, your birthday isn’t until next March) came across country first on an airplane and then via several trucks, each with a driver doing his or her best to get it to you safely and on time. The US Postal Service can sometimes be a whipping boy for losing mail or erratic service, but considering the sheer volume of mail, the congestion in the skies and on the roads, and, let’s face it, our illegible handwriting, it’s amazing it works as well as it does. So, thanks, Mr./Ms. Postal Truck Driver!
We’re sure folks could fill up the comments sections with crazy stories about mail that wandered for years before being delivered, or frustrating stories about post office interactions, or sad stories about accidents involving postal vehicles. We’re not saying they’re without fault. There is definitely a real need for improvement across the board when it comes to truck-related crashes. But do you really see the trucks in your neighborhood every day? USPS, FedEx, DHS, UPS? The folks delivering your neighbor’s new washing machine? The big rig filled with groceries backing into the supermarket?
Notice them this week. Notice how many kinds of trucks you see. Notice how every place of business you enter is fully stocked and ready to provide what you need. And then #THANKaTRUCKER.