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Respect The Truck Driver

Updated on February 14, 2012

The day was going good, all seemed to be fine when it hit me. I really don’t appreciate truck drivers enough. They have chosen that career just like you and me have chosen ours. But it is not understood just how much they do for every one that is breathing today. Think about this, you just had a yummy bowl of fruit loops for breakfast, okay a little healthier, cheerio’s. Ask yourself how did you get the milk? You are right, it did come from a cow on a farm with a hard working farmer. But the milk was transferred from the diary farm to the processing plant how? By a truck driver. Now from the processing plant to your grocer a truck driver transported it. Seems simple enough but when you start to think just how much they are relied on, it really is shocking.

Do you have a concrete driveway or concrete foundation? Not only did a cement truck bring the concrete to you but also the rebar was transferred from the manufacturer to the supply company by a truck driver, maybe you went to the store to buy some bricks to line your new cement driveway. Well trucks most likely delivered your bricks not only to the store you bought them from, but most likely to your house as well. A truck driver delivers the gasoline that powers your car and where would we be without our cars.


Look around and play a game, is there anything in your house, or if you don’t want to go that big. Is there any thing in the room you are in right now that you think did not get into your possession without the courtesy of a truck driver. Well you are thinking the nails holding up the wood trim around the door. Well guess what they weren’t manufactured at your local hardware store now were they, and the trim didn’t just come to be either, same goes with the paint. Now lets try again. Okay as I sit here looking around checking things out, you might think business cards that you have. But no a trucker driver transferred them to your local paper stock supply business.

Now you might be thinking that garden supply centres and greenhouses plant there own plants and trees, and don’t get shipped in, but the dirt they use and the fertilizer that is used to help the plants grow strong and healthy do, as well as the containers they sell the plants in, even the wood they use to build there plant stands is delivered, both from the forest to the mill, and then from the mill to the shop to be crafted into the most extravagant flowerpots.

Crazy isn’t it when you really think about it truck drivers truly deliver the world to us. If you think you know something that a truck driver did not deliver, let me know, because if there is any thing that you can come up with I would love to hear about it. So from this day forward I will start respecting them more and their big vehicles when trying to get around them cause they are too slow, or using up both lanes of the highway cause one is passing the other and doing the speed limit. Did you also know that a lot of truck drivers prefer to travel during the evening and later hours cause there is less traffic on the roads. Wow do you think we upset them when they are on the road. I think so cause again the lack of respect to people in a career choice that they love and enjoy but we would hate to do. My hat goes off to any and all truck drivers that read this or family members of truck drivers that read this. THANK YOU for every thing you do and continue to do no matter what the conditions, rain sleet, snow, and worst of all sunshine. Much more and better things to do in the sunshine than work. And to the rest of us maybe we can learn to respect them a little bit more



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    • christine111 profile image

      christine111 6 years ago from Chilliwack

      Yes,truck drivers are the backbone of the country and don't get enough credit. Thank you!

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      Lawrence Da-vid 6 years ago

      May I thank you for your comment....I drove "big trucks" for many years. I once had three people use extremely bad language and gestures toward me while I delivered to a Wal-Mart. They were indignant and unpleasant people. Persisting in their rhetoric until I had quite enough. Using what was considered as my "flight deck voice," I asked a few questions....."do you see any railroad tracks near this store? Do you see an airport here? Do you see a boat dock here? Just how do you think this store receives it's product for you to purchase? I held back on "if you don't like trucks to deliver where you shop.....don't buy anything trucks haul...including your house, car, clothing, foodstuffs, and so on. I reserved that statement....The questions, however, got across what I was saying. They got very quiet and flounced off in a huff. No reply after that. As they walked off an elderly lady came up to me and said "give them xxxx honey, you have a job to do so do it.

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      christine111 6 years ago from Chilliwack

      AMEN! Thank you Jill!

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      jill 6 years ago

      All true. And I'm usually willing to give truckers a break...after all they need more space to stop, more room to turn, and more time to get back up to speed (after some fool cuts them off and slows them down)! But I wish the "good guys/gals" could slap some sense into the daredevils who think they own the road because they're driving something bigger!