Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

AVON, Ohio – The numbers tell a story. Start with 3.6 million. That’s how many professional truck drivers are on the job nationwide. Try 10 billion. That’s the total payload, in tons, of goods and services those drivers safely and securely transport every year. How about 70 percent? Those 10 billion tons account for 70 percent of America’s total annual freight. Another: Roughly 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking to deliver their goods. And this: The men and women behind the wheel log over 400 billion miles every year – that’s billion with a “b,” or more than 2,100 trips to the sun and back.

The story couldn’t be clearer. America’s truck drivers perform a vital service every day, every hour. How vital? Try to imagine a world where the goods we need – from daily staples to emergency supplies – go undelivered. Yet, the contributions of these drivers often go unseen and unrecognized by the millions of people who depend on them. 

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), shines a deserving spotlight on the drivers who work around the clock, in all weather, to keep our grocery stores stocked, hospitals supplied, gas tanks filled, and so much more. The celebration happens annually, with this year’s commemoration taking place Sept. 11-17.

“National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our country’s professional trucks drivers, who truly deserve our appreciation every day for moving America forward – and all with an unwavering commitment to safety on the road,” said Fred Andersky, director – demos, sales and service training at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix). “Everyone at Bendix extends their sincere gratitude to these drivers. We’re proudly committed to supporting their hard work by developing systems that help provide safer trucks – and training and education that help safe drivers perform even more safely. After all, ensuring everyone arrives home safely is the most important delivery of all.”

To view the entire announcement, click HERE.