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Thank a Truck Driver – This should say Thank A Blue-Collar Worker

By Linda Caffee
Posted Mar 27th 2020 8:37AM

I have no problem with thanking a truck driver, the trash man, the janitor, the road worker, the dock workers, and everyone else that is keeping America going.  Right now, the saying should be “thank a blue-collar worker” they are the ones keeping America going.

Trucks could not move if we could not get loaded or unloaded.  Yes, we can load and unload our trucks, but the product has to be on the docks are where we can get to it.  In all of our years of trucking after we have unloaded a product we have never actually put that product on a shelf to be sold.  We have sorted pallets, but that is as far as we have gone.

As an expediter with a lift gate, we do not need a dock, and we have a pallet jack to move the freight where the customer wants it.  Even though we do not need a dock, we still need others to do our job.  Without them, trucks stop.

During the past few years, truck stops have heard a lot of complaints from truck drivers who feel as if they have not been treated fairly.  Right now, the truck stops are doing all they can to stay open.  We are quickly learning for us as long-haul truckers we need truck stops to keep moving.  Not only do the trucks stops have fuel, but they also have amenities we need, places to park our trucks, and mechanics to keep our trucks moving.  As truck drivers, we need to send out a huge thank you to truck stops for staying open.  Thank You, truck stops for all you are doing. Without you, our truck would have to shut down.

We often get frustrated as we slowly creep through road construction as we have places to be.

How often have we thanked a road worker?

These people keep our roads in good working order so we can deliver our freight. In the winter, these say workers remove snow and make the roads passible for us to continue to do our jobs.

In the cities, these workers keep the traffic signals working, the traffic signs in place, and mark the roads, so we know where we are going. It is time to thank them for doing their jobs.

It takes all of us to keep America moving.  Right now, we have seen many acts of kindness and appreciation, and I hope that we remember how we all came together to do what needs to be done.

For me, the key is to say “Thank You” to everyone that is doing their part right now to keep all of us working.

Bob & Linda Caffee

TeamCaffee

Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005

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