As Americans prepare to hunker down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, they are stocking up on essential goods, such as food, water, cleaning supplies and medicine. The critical link between these valued supplies and consumers is an American truck driver. There are over 3.5 million truck drivers traveling roads and highways across the U.S. to deliver all of the goods we rely on year-round. In times of crisis, the delivery of these goods to our stores, doorsteps and hospitals become even more critical.
Prioritizing public health and safety, schools, businesses, major sports and more have come to a halt. One thing that won’t stop is trucking. That’s because when trucking stops, all of America stops. While many working Americans will be staying home in the coming weeks, following the guidance of government and health officials, our truck drivers will be out on the front lines. These brave Americans will be delivering everything that our country relies on during this time to keep our store shelves stocked, hospitals supplied, first responders equipped and government agencies running.
Our industry is filled with brave American heroes who are eager to answer the call to duty in times of need, just as they do when a hurricane or tornado strikes. This challenging time is no different. Trucking will continue doing our part to deliver supplies and aid to our American communities across the country. ATA is working closely with government officials and advocating for the flexibility and resources our industry needs during this time.
Trucking truly keeps America moving forward and plays a central role in our U.S. supply chain. While this is an uncertain time for Americans, there’s one thing we all can do: Thank a trucker. Without truck drivers, the disruptions we’re currently experiencing would be much, much worse. Saying thank you to the drivers working to deliver our goods, supplies and aid will be appreciated by these unsung heroes.
–Chris Spear, President and CEO, American Trucking Associations (ATA)
ATA is the largest and most comprehensive national trade association for the trucking industry.