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PostHeaderIcon 6th Annual Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Disclosure: This is a post written by me and any opinions expressed are my own. I may or may not have received compensation for my services.

Image9How often do you think, “I wonder where this came from?”, when you are at the grocery store, sitting on your furniture.. what about the materials used to build your house? I bet your answer was never. Don’t feel bad, you are among the millions of others that never think a truck driver supplied it.

All too often, truck drivers are not thought of or appreciated. Most of the population doesn’t even understand the importance of this job and what these men and women sacrifice for US. The only “easy” thing about being a truck driver is physically driving the truck. Even that isn’t easy at times. Imagine how you feel trying to navigate the roads in the rain and snow… now add roughly 70,000 pounds to it. Doesn’t sound fun, does it? Most truck drivers I know love the open road. What they don’t like is 4-wheelers. That would be you, in your car or SUV.

Before I met one of my good friends, I had a lot of misconceptions about trucking and truckers. I bet you think they just get in the truck and go. That’s just so difficult right? Wrong… Before every driver can even head down the road, they have a multitude of things that they Semi Truckneed to do first. What do you do when you get to work? Punch the clock and begin. Not these men and women!  They have to know EXACTLY what the weight of their load is, what the tractor/trailer weighs, what to do if they are overweight, can they legally drive to a scale to even find out if they are legal weight. Yes, shippers do screw up and it’s on the driver! Which I personally think is garbage but, I digress. That’s not even all of it. They have to know if they have enough time left to deliver the load on time, take a shower, eat, do routine maintenance,  do I have the permits that I need, pre-trip inspections, bridges or tunnels on the route… *deep breath* I really could go on and on but, I think you get the idea.

After all of that, consider this… what would you do if something happened to your child and you were 2000 miles away? What if you had to miss Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and birthdays with your family?

Why am I telling you all of this? Southern Recipe, the preferred pork rind brand, will honor the more than 3.5 million hard-working truck drivers in our country who travel nearly 400 billion miles each year with its 6th Annual Truck Driver Appreciation campaign. Through September 17th, truck drivers, families and consumers are invited to learn more about Truck Driver Appreciation Week and pork rinds at PorkRinds.com. In doing so, visitors will earn a chance to win $2,500 by submitting a photo of him/herself or their rig (if they are a truck driver) or of a truck driving friend. Other prizes are also available to win, and each photo submitted will go a long way to help the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) earn truck_driver_memes_2017-SRSB-Win3a $2,500 donation. Winners will be announced, and the charity donation will occur after Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11th – 17th, 2017. The pork rind leader will also work to draw awareness to the charity and its good work throughout the campaign.

Ending September 17th, truck drivers and consumers will visit PorkRinds.com and celebrate #RoadLife via this unique, awareness building photo contest. At the end of the campaign, a U.S. wide map, representative of truck drivers across the country, will hopefully be completed. In doing so, it is the brand’s and SCF’s hope to help everyone in the U.S. understand the importance that this hard-working segment of our society plays in bringing the food we eat every day to America’s tables – and the challenges they encounter as a result.

If you have actually taken the time to read this entire article, I would like to say thank you. More importantly, I would like to ask you to remember what you read. People need to be more respectful of truck drivers. They can not stop as fast as you so please do not cut them off. Please take a second to let them over when they need to. Take a second to say thank you when see them. Remember, everything you have has been delivered by a truck driver.

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