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More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities. In this country, we all rely on truck drivers in some way or another. Whether it’s to enjoy basic modern conveniences, receive life-sustaining medical supplies, or keep businesses thriving, our lives depend on the transportation industry and more importantly, our nation’s truck drivers. 

September 9-15, 2018 marks National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. This is an opportunity to recognize the 3.5 million trucking professionals across the country whose work is some of the most personally demanding and economically significant in the United States.  

 At GlobalTranz, we think it’s important to show truck drivers appreciation every day. We’re committed to making drivers’ lives more enjoyable on the road and helping them succeed every day of the year. Here are 5 ways shippers – and all of us in the logistics industry – can appreciate and respect truck drivers on a daily basis. 

Minimize driver wait time 

Much of a driver’s compensation is based on their ability to move loads quickly, safely and efficiently. With the ELD mandate strictly enforcing HOS rules, it’s important for shippers to run smooth dock operations and minimize the time drivers sit waiting for loading and unloading. Help drivers get in and out of facilities quickly and on the road.  

Make your facility easy and safe to access 

How easy is your facility to find? Does it come up on GPS? Is it easy to turn into without worrying about oncoming traffic or parked cars? If a driver wastes time finding your location, their job becomes unnecessarily difficult. Make sure your traffic patterns are safe and easy to maneuver and you have streamlined gate check-in procedures. 

 Be courteous and accommodating 

Ensure that you and your facility’s employees are treating drivers with respect. Provide ample parking at your loading docks and comfortable break areas and restrooms at your facilities. Offer drivers a place to rest, complete paperwork, make phone calls and get a snack or coffee while their truck is being loaded. Consider them an extension of your team. Their job is critical to getting your products to market.  

Pay freight bills quickly
With 350,000 owner operators, many truck drivers are also operating their own small business, and quick payment can be the essence to their success. It’s important to pay owner-operators and carriers quickly and accurately. Freightwaves.com suggests the best way to accomplish this is using a TMS that integrates clean data between carriers and shippers. 

Get involved 

The truck driving profession is personally demanding. Working fourteen hours a day, and spending prolonged time away from family are sacrifices truck drivers make to help keep the economy moving. There are several non-profit organizations, like Trucker Charity and Meals for 18 Wheels, devoted to mentoring, coaching and providing meals and assistance for drivers and their families. Consider getting involved with and learning more about these organizations and other causes supporting truck drivers. 

From all of us at GlobalTranz, we say, “thank you” to the men and women who keep America moving. #ThankATruckDriver every day.