Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
September 20, 2012
Since 1998, each year during the third week of September Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) set aside a week to thank and recognize all their professional drivers, also known as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW).
TCA’s chairman Robert Low expressed his concern about the growing health problems truck drivers face due to a sedentary lifestyle, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, obesity and high blood pressure. Low not only wants this week to be about honoring and thanking our nation’s truck drivers but also wants it to be about awareness of drivers’ health. He is changing National Truck Driver Appreciation Week to National Truck Driver Appreciation and Wellness Week (NTDAWW).
During NTDAWW, trucking companies will be hosting events at truck stops throughout each state to honor drivers. Low asks that health awareness be incorporated into events.
TCA will also be hosting a “Ditch the Pack” event on September 20th, to encourage truckers to quit smoking for 24 hours. This is to raise awareness on the benefits of quitting and to show support for those who have chosen to start living the smoke free lifestyle.
Drivers who want to locate these events during NTDAWW can go to www.driverappreciation.com. You will also be able to see what type of events and activities are available at each location.