The trucking industry is a cornerstone of American commerce. According to American Trucking Associations (ATA), it moved more than 11 billion tons of freight in 2018, and more than 80% of US communities depend entirely upon trucking for shipments.
The industry is also responsible for a large percentage of American jobs. In fact, 1 in 16 people work in trucking, including 3.5 million drivers.
That’s why the ATA has declared September 12-18 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It’s an event designed to honor the men and women who keep us supplied with food, fuel, building materials, home goods, and just about every item in daily use.
After spending 75 years in the trucking insurance industry, we at MTG Insurance understand how vital truck drivers are to the modern world. And our staff is joining ATA in celebrating their achievements.
MTG agent Dave Lindsey often interacts with truck drivers as he meets their insurance needs. He admires their service to the general population.
“Truckers may be the most important people who are underappreciated,” he says. “To me, the sacrifices they make are incredible, and it is a pleasure to be able to help them with their business.”
Although trucking has provided an essential service for decades, it has become even more important during the pandemic. While the virus drove most families inside, truck drivers stayed on the road, hauling goods across the country to people who couldn’t leave their homes. They literally kept our lives going.
This week, every person who shops at a grocery store, fills up on gas, or buys an item online should feel grateful to the nation’s truck drivers. We know our personnel do.
“A big thank you to all the hard-working professional drivers,” says MTG Insurance President Chris Gunn. “They make a lot of sacrifices to keep this country moving. Without them, everything comes to a hard stop!”
The MTG staff feels honored to know and work with truck drivers and companies across the country. They are America’s lifeblood, and we hope you will take the time to thank one today for his or her hard work.