As we are all preparing to spend the holiday with our families, taking time off work, and making shopping plans with our buddies – truck drivers are on the road (fighting the holiday traffic) so that expectations are met.
Food for Thought
Did you know 88% of Americans eat turkeys on Thanksgiving? Which means a “mind-gobbling” 50 million turkeys were delivered to markets around the nation. So as you sit around your table eating a home-cooked feast, be mindful of the truck drivers and staff at the trucking companies that are at work so we can be home.
Another Thanksgiving tradition, besides feasting all day, is watching the Macy’s Day Parade. If you’ve watched the parade, you know how large the parts and pieces of those magnificent floats can be; for example, hauling helium tankers, it takes 12,000 cubic feet of helium for just one balloon! There is only one way those massive things can arrive for the big day – you guessed it, by truck.
Now, the Black Friday madness. Whether you are an online shopper or an in-store shopper, those items don’t just appear. The drivers work longer hours during the Holiday season to ensure that shipments are delivered and received in a timely manner.
Furthermore, truck drivers are dedicated to keeping the roadways safe. Drivers are fully trained on how to transport items and drive safely, they are experts on the road. Here are some tips to keep you and the trucks safe during your holiday traveling:
- Driving in front of the truck, use your “warning” signals sooner than you normally would
- Driving behind the truck, be sure you can see both side mirrors
- Driving beside a truck, be aware of turn signals
Truck drivers are in high demand and with the driver turnover rate being nearly 100 %. It is important for companies to show how much they care about the hard work their drivers put in. Starting now, make it a priority to thank each driver you see. A small sign of gratitude can go a long way.
Drivers work tirelessly to deliver the things that we can’t live without, and it is our duty to be thankful for all that they do.
From your friends at Melton, thank you to all of truck drivers and those working to assist the drivers while they’re on the road. We are thankful for you every day of the year!