Each September, National Truck Driver Awareness Week is observed and organized by The American Trucking Association (ATA). For 2020, this week will be observed September 13-19, 2020. Many of the great trucking companies show their appreciation to their drivers by giving them gifts for this week of appreciation.
However, the unfortunate truth is most people outside the trucking industry don’t understand the importance of truck drivers and the sacrifices they make. Without truck drivers, we would not have easy access to food, water, clothing, tech gadgets, medical care, and so many other basic needs and luxuries we experience as Americans. Here are 10 items you probably use every single day that are only available to you from truck drivers.
As a matter of fact, if truck drivers were to stop delivering supplies, the United States would experience third world county conditions within just 3-4 weeks. Here’s a great infographic to bring that point home. That’s why it’s important to recognize our nation’s truck drivers and thank them.
Below is a list of 8 gift ideas truck drivers can use while on the road. With these gifts, your company’s brand will be a reminder of your appreciation for what these drivers do on daily basis to keep the shelves stocked at our local stores.
Caffeine is a MUST for truckers when on the road for long hours. These 30 oz. Viking Nova tumblers are made of vacuum insulated stainless steel with a copper lining. This means they will keep coffee hot for at least 5 hours, giving ample time for drivers to enjoy their coffee before their next refill at a rest stop. In addition to keeping coffee hotter for long periods of time, these tumblers prevent additional waste accumulating in the truck from disposable cups. While at rest stops, fill your tumbler directly instead of wasting a cup. Shop all stainless steel tumblers here.
Packing cold drinks, snacks, and food is smart not only to save money but as a way to keep healthier options handy. These Coleman 9-Can Soft-Sided Coolers are great gifts for truck drivers because these custom coolers are compact, while still roomy for plenty of food and drinks. One of the best features about these coolers is the removable hard lining, which prevents any type of leakage which may occur with other soft-sided coolers. Plus, with the Coleman brand name, you know you are getting great quality! Shop all coolers here.
Staying hydrated is critical to staying healthy, and being out on the road for days at a time is especially a challenge for your health. That’s why these Coleman 40 oz. Hydration Bottles are a great choice. They will keep drinks cold for up to 50 hours due to the double-walled, vacuum insulated stainless steel construction. These water bottles will make it convenient for truck drivers to easily have access to ice cold water during their driving time. With the wide mouth top, they are easy to refill with fresh water and ice at each rest stop. Shop all stainless steel water bottles here.
Many truck drivers are away from home for days or sometimes weeks at a time. A good duffel bag is a great gift for them to keep clothing, toiletries, and other necessities neatly packed while on their long hauls. These Weekender Duffel Bags are great because they are made of a durable 600D polycanvas, so they can take the abuse from being on the road all the time. Plus, these bags have multiple zippered pockets to store frequently used items. Shop all duffel bags here.
Let’s face it, showering, changing, and brushing your teeth in rest stop restrooms isn’t a glamorous life. Aside from giving up any type of privacy, truck drivers have to transport their toiletries in and out of the restrooms every single time. That’s why custom toiletry bags are great gifts for truckers. The Eclipse Toiletry Bag is a great choice because it has mesh pockets and elastic holders to keep all of your toiletries organized and easily accessible. The hook is great to hang your bag to keep it off the floor and the wet countertops of public restrooms.
Life on the road often puts you in many scenarios requiring the use of various tools. Whether the needed tool of the moment is a knife, pliers, screwdriver, wire cutters, scissors, or other tools, a Leatherman Wingman is a handy tool to have. These multi-tools will come in handy often for truck drivers. Whether making a minor repair on their rig or opening a can of food, they’ll LOVE this gift and use it for many years. You can see all of the Leatherman tools here.
It’s not if, but when a trucker will experience engine or tire troubles causing them to have to pull over on the side of the road. Of course, as luck would have it, it’ll be dark. Having a flashlight is critical to the safety of the truck driver. These Multi-Function COB LED Flashlights are great because COB LED are 10 times brighter than standard flashlights, plus batteries last longer in these flashlights. The magnetic end will easily attach to a metal surface for hands-free use, plus the body slides open for a larger light when working. Shop all COB Led flashlights here.
The window for sleep for truck drivers is limited, so getting comfortable quickly is the key to getting 8 hours of rest. The winter months can get cold in the cab of the truck when not idling, so a warm blanket is necessary. These Oversized Wool Sherpa Blankets will be the new favorite blanket. The wool blend is soft and warm to help truckers get comfortable quickly so they can get a good night’s sleep.
For National Truck Driver Appreciation Week this September, make sure your company shows appreciation for the work truck drivers do for your business. Whether you directly employ them or routinely receive shipments of inventory, these individuals are vital to your business. Without them, your business would crumble. Thank them properly with a gift. If those gifts are branded with your company logo, they’ll continue to feel appreciated by you and your company.
FUTURE DATES FOR NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK
- September 10-16, 2023
- September 15-21, 2024
- September 14-20, 2025
- September 13-19, 2026
- September 12-18, 2027