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  • New Driver MER Requirement Now in Effect

    by Super Admin | Apr 22, 2016

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    Changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations took effect on April 20. Drivers will have to complete a Medical Examination Report Form for their DOT physical. The new form includes several more questions about the driver’s medical history. 

    The rule requires medical personnel to electronically submit the results on the National Registry once a month. Drivers are required to carry their exam certificate for 15 days after the physical. This is to ensure the driver has proof of medical certification while the exam results may still be loading into the database. After the 15 days, law enforcement will have access to the records in the database and the drivers will not need to carry a copy. 

    After June 22, 2018, medical examiners will be required to submit the test results by the end of the day and drivers will not have to carry medical certification at all. 

    MEs and CMV drivers with questions are directed to contact the FMCSA Medical Programs Division at (202) 366-4001 or FMCSAMedical@dot.gov

     
  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Jason Williams

    by User Not Found | Apr 15, 2016
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    When Jason Williams applied to work with Centerline in the fall of 2015, he was anxious to get to work and make some money. Jason interviewed and road tested in Baltimore and joined the Centerline team.

    By November of 2015, his hard work had earned him a spot as a dedicated driver on the team. Jason decided to share his success story at Centerline with people he knew. In December of 2015, Jason referred 5 drivers to Centerline. Jason broke the record of referrals in one year in one month!

    All 5 of his friends met our hiring standards and began to work for us. 4 of these people met the minimum 200 hours worked so that Jason could earn the $300 Driver Referral bonus for each of them – a total of $1200! That is a lot of money for sharing good news with friends!

    Jason reflects our passion for going above and beyond to build 1 Strong Team!

    As this story was being written, another person who was referred by... you guessed it... Jason Williams, has applied to work with Centerline.

    Congratulate Jason on his success and contact your local Centerline branch to learn how you can earn a $300 Driver Referral Bonus!

  • Changing the Face of the Trucking Industry

    by User Not Found | Apr 08, 2016

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    The industry-wide image and education movement, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), has reported significant achievements in the past year in its mission to impact public perception of the trucking industry.

    TMAF co-chairman and president of Ohio-based Jet Express, Kevin Burch, said in a news conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 31 that is has achieved its goal of placing more than 100 trailer wraps on the road.

    "These 'moving billboards,' each seen by as many as 16 million people per city, are sending a message every day that our industry is more than just large vehicles on the highways," said Burch. "We're moving America forward by transporting products and freight that make life possible, serving as an essential provider to our communities and adding value to our economy."

    Next year's goal is to get an additional 200 wraps placed.

    American Trucking Association (ATA) America's Road Team captain and driver for FedEx Freight, Don Logan, said he has 2.4 million accident-free miles and where the industry falls short is telling that story. "That's why the TMAF is so important," he said.

    The TMAF continues to expand it's presence and needs your help in continuing to grow and spread the work. Get involved on their website, www.truckingmovesamerica.com and follow them on social media. 

  • Centerline Shines a Spotlight on Bernard Gasca

    by User Not Found | Mar 30, 2016
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    • Barnard Gasca’s background 

    In 2003, Bernard Gasca joined C.R. England where he was trained and drove OTR for a short period of time and transitioned into a local route. Driving trucks was something Bernard always wanted to do. He has memories as a child hearing the trucks coming down the hill and talking on a CB radio with his grandfather. 

    When did he start driving for Centerline? 

    Bernard joined the Centerline family in 2003 after the company he worked for was impacted by the housing collapse. He wanted to stay local so he could be close to his family and Centerline had the best opportunities for him. 

    What does Bernard like most about driving? 

    Bernard liked being out on the road; the neighborhoods, cities, landscapes. The beauty of nature; sunsets, sunrises and city lights. “You are free, out alone on your own and just enjoying the music. The landscapes are so different,” said Bernard. 

    Barnard’s Family 

    Bernard has 3 kids, the oldest is his 24-year-old son who is currently attending college and working full time. His 2nd oldest son is 19 and attends Cal State - Fullerton. His youngest is his 13-year-old daughter. Being near his children when they were growing up was important to Bernard. He said he was missing their activities and their daily lives when working OTR. So, working local with Centerline helped that.  

    Advice for other and new drivers? 

    “Be patient. Understand your limitations as a driver whether you are over-the-road or local. There is fatigue, a mental strain, be aware of that. If you’re hesitant get out and look. Keep in good contact with your family – make it a priority – and stay grounded.”

  • FMCSA Simplifying Process for Vets to Transition to Trucking Industry

    by User Not Found | Mar 24, 2016

    03.24.16 FMCSA_ImageThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) to extend the time period for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to 1 year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

    The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on March 16 and will be accepting comments until May 16, 2016.

    “The FMCSA believes that this would give former military personnel a better opportunity to obtain a CDL in a way that will not negatively affect safety,” the agency said.

    To date, the FMCSA reports that over 10,000 veterans have utilized the skills test waiver to obtain a CDL. “The motor carrier industry would also benefit from a larger supply of licenses CMV drivers,” the agency continued.

    Centerline hires our heroes and will help with accessing the waiver and obtaining a CDL. Learn more about how Centerline supports veterans transitioning into civilian life.

  • New Proposed Rules for Entry-Level Drivers

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Entry-Level_Image_031116The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA) released new proposed rules for national training requirements for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators. The new rules are as follows:

    Applicants seeking a Class A CDL:

    • Minimum of 30 hours behind-the-wheel training from an instructional program meeting FMCSA standards
    • Minimum of 10 hours operating the vehicle on a practice driving range

    Applicants seeking a Class B CDL

    • Minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training
    • Minimum of 7 hours of practice range training

    These requirements will apply in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for;

    • First-time applicants;
    • Current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade or additional endorsement; and
    • Previously disqualified CDL holders seeking to require a license.

    Under the new proposal, military drivers, farmers and firefighters would continue to be general exempt from these requirements.

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association overall support the proposal. There is a 30-day comment period as the next phase of the rule-making process.

    For more information, read the entire article on truckinginfo.com.

  • I-75 on KY/TN Border Closed until March 17

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    Make sure to give yourself some extra time on I-75 on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. A mudslide has all lanes closed with southbound lanes expected to open St. Patrick’s Day and one lane northbound to open March 24.

    Southbound travelers should expect to add 40 minutes to their travel time due to detours and northbound should expect an additional 45 minutes. Expect longer wait times during rush hour times.

    The entire repair project is expected to be completed by April 15.

  • Driving Through Rhode Island? Get Ready to Pay!

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    Rhode Island Governor, Gina Raimondo, signed into law February 11, a bill that would impose tolls on big-rig trucks, up to $20 for an 18-wheeler, traveling through the country’s smallest state on I-95.

    After 10 hours of combined debate, the State Senate and House of Representatives passed the bill and the Governor immediately signed it into law. Federal records show the state has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges and the proposed toll structure will help cover repair costs over the next 10-years.

    This bill is the culmination of an eight-month debate that captivated the little state and infuriated its truckers. What do you think of the toll program?

    Know Your Stats: The Most Expensive Tolls in the United States

    NJ.com posted a listing of the 12 most expensive tolls in the U.S. Make sure you’re not caught off guard!

    12. (tie) Midtown Tunnel (New York) - $8

    11. (tie) Battery Tunnel (New York) - $8

    10. Fort McHenry Tunnel (Maryland) - $9

    9. Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel (Alaska) - $13

    8. (tie) Outerbridge Crossing (NY/NJ) - $14

    7. (tie) Lincoln Tunnel (NY/NJ) - $14

    6. (tie) Holland Tunnel (NY/NJ) - $14

    5. (tie) Goethal Bridge (NY/NJ) - $14

    4. (tie) George Washington Bridge (NY/NJ) - $14

    3. (tie) Bayonne Bridge (NY/NJ) - $14

    2. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (New York) - $16

    1. Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (Virginia) - $18

  • Dedication to Safety is Saving Lives

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    New data released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) analyzed by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) show that the rate of truck-involved fatalities is declining.

    At the same time the number of miles driven by truck driver rose to more than 279 billion, there was a decline of 61 truck-involved fatalities in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Over the last 10 years, the fatality rate has fallen over 40%. The ATA attributes this decline to aggressive traffic enforcement and education programs aimed at changing motorists unsafe behaviors.

    In the release from the ATA, Executive Vice President for National Advocacy with the ATA, Dave Osiecki, said, “Our industry has worked hard, and invested in technology and training to improve highway safety not just for our drivers, but for all motorists.” And while there is more work to do, it is gratifying to see those efforts paying off in safer roads for all of us.”

    At Centerline your safety is a top priority. We set annual safety goals and in 2015 we met that goal and saw our lowest number of injuries to date. Learn more about what we are doing to keep YOU safe!

  • Big Rig Parking. There's An App for That!

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    90 percent of truck drivers and logistics professionals report having difficulty finding safe and legal parking during rest periods at night according to a new study “Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey Results and Comparative Analysis” released by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

    The USDOT also found the majority of respondents reported truck parking shortages at all times of the day on every day of the week. They also found that the major hurdle in addressing the shortage is there is no single entity responsible for truck parking facilities. As it currently stands, 88 percent of the total 309,000 legal truck parking spaces are found at private truck stops, as opposed to public rest areas.

    To attempt to help drivers identify these legal parking spots, the FHA funded an app run by the I-95 Corridor Coalition: Truck’N’Park. According to the website, the app is“designed to provide accurate, up-to-the-minute information on available truck parking spaces at selected parking facilities along the I-95 Corridor.”

    In addition to the app, the website i95truckparking.com and their toll-free number 855-TRK-PARK (855-875-7275) are available to access parking information. You are even able to schedule an “automatic return call from the system to update you on the number of available parking spaces as conditions change.” 

  • 2016 UCR Enforcement Delayed

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    TruckingThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) issued a bulletin last week announcing the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) has been delayed until Feb. 1, 2016.

    The original bulletin called for enforcement to begin Jan. 1, however due to reported computer glitches in the transition to a fully on-line system the delay was needed.

    All motor carriers subject to the UCR were notified reminders or UCR application forms on how to register and pay 2016 UCR fees online at www.ucr.in.gov. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) added a 49 C.F.R violation code to indicate when a carrier is not in compliance.

    41 states are participating in UCR. States not included are Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Vermont and Wyoming.

    The UCR Board of Directors say, enforcement should only occur after on-line or telephonic verification that the company has failed to register for the 2016 UCR registration year. Roadside enforcement should only be performed for the 2016 UCR registration year unless proof of operation in a previous registration year can be obtained.

      The fee structure is as follows:
    • $76 for0 to 2 Vehicles;
    • $227 for 3 to 5 Vehicles;
    • $452 for 6 to 20 Vehicles;
    • $1,576 for 21 to 100 Vehicles;
    • $7,511 for 101 to 1000 Vehicles;
    • $73,346 for 1001 or more Vehicles

    To verify UCR compliance, visit www.safersys.org, under FMCSA, click on Unified Carrier Registration.

  • Health = Wealth, a little goes a long way

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Whether you realize it or not, the condition of your health, both physically and mentally, directly relates to your wealth. How you may ask? There isn’t one simple answer, but rather there is a web of connections between the two, especially when it comes to the workplace. Healthy workers are not only happier, but also have increased productivity and reduced absenteeism, workers’ compensation and disability claims. When you are healthier, you spend less money on supplements, medicine and doctors’ visits and more time on activities that rejuvenate and encourage you. This boils over into your attitude at work, and motivation to do well and aspire to grow and keeps your hard-earned dollars in your wallet!

    As a truck driver, it can be challenging to find exercise time everyday due to the sedentary nature of the job, but it is not impossible. Only 14% of the 3 million truck drivers in the United States are not overweight or obese. Of these 3 million truck drivers, only 8% exercise regularly compared to 49% of the general population. TravelCenters of America is trying to improve this number, and help truck drivers kick off a healthy 2016 by offering a selection of fitness, food and wellness options from its StayFit Program. Drivers would have access to things like healthy grab ‘n go snacks and StayFit exercise options at participating TA and Petro stations. Exercise options include, fitness rooms, walking and running trailers, basketball hoops and outdoor fitness areas at many locations.

    One thing to remember as a driver is, you are not alone! 83% of jobs in the U.S. are sedentary in nature. Approximately 50% of the U.S. population is not regularly physically active, and 25% are not active at all. Here are some creative ways for people to stay active while working their sedentary job:

    1. Walk. Take advantage of your lunch break. No matter how long you have for lunch, devote half of your time to go for a walk and the other half to eating.
    2. Make it easy. Create your own mini fitness center in your truck. TravelCenters of America is offering items like, push-up bars, resistance bands, hand grips, and workout gloves at driver stores. Other items you could keep with you are dumbbells or a jump rope. 10 minutes of exercise can make a big impact if done regularly.
    3. Utilize down time. When dropping off a load, the last thing you want to do is have to wait, but it happens. Take advantage of this and turn it into a positive part of your day by working out. Use the light equipment in your truck, go for a walk or jump rope while waiting.
  • Top 2015 Stories Out of Washington

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Capital BuildingIn 2015, the trucking community and government came together, through lobbying and debating, to address several topics affecting the trucking industry, furthering many major initiatives. These are the top five.

    1. Beyond Compliance: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested public comment on the proposed Beyond Compliance program. The initiative proposes an incentive-based approach that offers “voluntary programs implemented by motor carriers that exceed regulatory requirements” in hopes to improve safety by reducing the number and severity of crashes.
    2. Electronic Stability: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 136, which mandates the use of electronic stability control systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses. The rule will take effect in 2017, however, many fleets have already voluntarily begun the switch.
    3. Phase 2 GHG/MPG: The proposed fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions rules target 2021-2027 model year trucks and tractors and 2018-2027 MY trailers. The new rule differs from Phase 1 in a few ways. For example, it would regulate trailers, set GHG limits for complete vehicles including trailers and would set separate engine fuel efficiency standards for light, medium and heavy duty vehicles.
    4. Electronic Logging: The FMCSA released the final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELD). Truck and bus drivers have two years to make the switch. David Heller, TCA Director of Safety and Policy says the rule is to, “alleviate some of the burdens regarding supporting documents, eases compliance with the Hours-of-Service Regulations and furthers the efforts of the agency in the fight against driver coercion and harassment.”
    5. Highway Bill: The long awaited highway bill was passed just before the New Year. TheFixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a fully funded five year bill totaling $305 billion in highway and trucking projects.

    2015 brought in some great new rules and reforms in the trucking industry setting up 2016 to be a winning year.

  • States Consider New Mandate Allowing Police to Pull Over Truckers for too Much Snow

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    snowy trucks Each year when winter rolls around, truck drivers are encouraged to clear snow and ice off of their trucks. The topic of mandating snow and ice removal is not a new one in most states. Already, states like Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin have laws addressing large accumulations of snow and ice on top of vehicles, allowing police officers to ticket if the accumulation is large and poses a threat to safety.

    Many point out that the falling piles of snow and ice from trucks causes a lot of damage and hazard to other motorists. However despite the hazard, OOIDA and numerous truck drivers are opposed to a rule allowing police officers to pull over and ticket a truck driver for this reason because it would be nearly impossible for drivers to comply with. There isn’t always a safe way for a driver to even know how much snow and ice has accumulated nor how to clear the top of his truck which can be over 14-feet in the air in wet slippery conditions. What does your company recommend regarding snow/ice removal?

    Check out the current state laws in place.

  • ELD Mandate Garners Praise from Some and a Law Suit from others

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016
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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the long anticipated rule requiring the use of electronic log devices (ELD) on December 16, 2015.

    Four things to know about the new rule:

    • Truck and bus drivers using paper logs must switch to ELD within two years. Approximately 3 million drivers will be affected. Drivers of vehicles made before 2000 will not be required to use ELDs.
    • The rule includes procedural and technical provisions to protect truck and bus drivers from harassment over the information on their ELD.
    • The rule sets specific technology performance and design requirements for ELDs.
    • The rule establishes new hours-of-service supporting documents requirements.

    Check out the three phased plan to implement the new rule.

    The announcement comes with both praise and criticism. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is suing the FMCSA over the recent announcement of the ELD mandate. OOIDA is calling for a judicial review of the ELD Mandate on the grounds that it, “mandates that truck drivers use ELDs to track their record of duty status and compliance with HOS regulations even though such devices can only track movement of a vehicle and approximate location.”

    OOIDA feels that the rule does not benefit the drivers, but rather is an intrusion of their rights and places, “even more pressure and stress on drivers than they already deal with.”

    Despite the OOIDA’s opposition, the rule has also received positive backing. Technology providers feel that this new mandate provides an opportunity for carriers to gain critical data that will help cut costs. Ravi Kodavarti, director of product management for mobile communications at Rand McNally, told Fleet Owner, “we’re in a situation now where fleets that haven’t adopted such technology can take advantage of all the improvements we’ve made over the last five years,” he stressed. “These are improvements that have made ELDs less expensive, easier to install, and more intuitive to operate.”

    Other supporters applaud the rule for its effort to reduce the amount of supporting documents are required of drivers and attempting to streamline the system.

    There is still much uncertainty among the industry as the rule is being phased in but many are hopeful.

  • CSA Data Removed from Public View

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    shutterstock_1250741As of December 4, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has removed most of the information regarding property carrier’s compliance and safety performance from the FMCSA website. This decision came when Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The new highway bill calls for a thorough review and reform to the CSA’s current enforcement prioritization program. Until the changes are made, the data will remain from public view.

    According to the reviews of the GAO, the Department of Transportation Inspector General, and other law enforcement organizations, the FAST Act requires the FMCSA to remove the data while the analysis and reforms are being made. “Enforcement and inspection data reported by states and enforcement agencies will remain available for public view.” Enforcement users and motor carriers can still view safety data using their login information.

  • Changes to Trucker Medical Certifications Begin this December

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    medical-certification.tmb-mediumChanges to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations will take effect on December 22, 2015. Starting on the 22nd, drivers will have a new Medical Examination Report Form to complete for their DOT physical. The new form includes several more questions about the driver’s medical history.

    The rule will require medical personnel to electronically submit the results on the National Registry once a month. Drivers will be required to carry their exam certificate for 15 days after the physical. This is to ensure the driver has proof of medical certification while the exam results may still be loading into the database. After the 15 days, law enforcement will have access to the records in the database and the driver will not need to carry a copy.

    After June 22, 2018 medical examiners will be required to submit the test results by the end of the day, and drivers will not have to carry medical certification at all.

  • Wreaths Across America – Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    wreaths-across-americabe41aa4ec32e66bb83efff000018e376Wreaths across America came from the humble beginnings of a wreath farmer. Morrill Worcester,the owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, has always had a heart for those who serve our country. As a young boy his visit to Arlington National Cemetery made a lasting impression he’d carry with him for the rest of his life. In 1992, the Worcester Wreath Company had a surplus of Christmas wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season. Without hesitation, Morrill knew how to use the extra wreaths for something great. Thus began the quest to lay a wreath on the tombstones of our fallen heroes in Arlington.

    Over the years the selfless act has gained an enormous amount of support, and has grown to become a national event. This year, Saturday December 12, 2015 will be National Wreaths across America Day. The massive logistical coordination of laying wreaths in Arlington and other veterans’ cemeteries across the country is made possible with the help of volunteers, donors and truck drivers. To move the amount of wreaths needed for this event, truck drivers across the country step up to the plate, helping deliver over 24,000 wreaths to 825 different locations. You can visit the Wreaths across America website and join organizations, such as, Women in Trucking, honor our heroes. There are many ways to get involved.

    Their mission statement, “Remember, Honor, Teach,” is simple, but powerful. Wreaths across America created a few videos to explain why they do what they do.

    Morrill said, “I wanted to give back and it’s because of the freedom that we all have is why I can do what I do and what everybody else can do what they do. I just wanted to give back. Nobody should let anybody that was killed over there, their name be forgotten or forget what they did.”

    Commentary from the video sums up the mission statement and the meaning behind it, “We gather here today to place over 24,000 holiday wreaths to remember the fallen, honor those who served, and to teach our children the value of freedom. In life, they honored their country, in death their country honors them.

  • Happy Thanksgiving! What are You Thankful for?

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    Centerline would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our drivers, the hard work they put forward every day, and the family and friends who support them.

    Centerline would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our drivers, the hard work they put forward every day, and the family and friends who support them.

    Centerline would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our drivers, the hard work they put forward every day, and the family and friends who support them.

    Centerline would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our drivers, the hard work they put forward every day, and the family and friends who support them.

    Centerline would like to wish you and your family a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our drivers, the hard work they put forward every day, and the family and friends who support them.

  • Special Delivery for Turkey Day!

    by Super Admin | Mar 24, 2016

    For the transportation industry, the holiday season is a busy one. Between food and presents, our wheels never stop rolling to get all cargo to its destination. Have you ever considered how much of an impact something like delivering turkeys to market has on the economy? In 2014, the turkey industry made up 308,400 jobs and generated $80.1 billion in economic activity. $16.9 billion in wages and $5.6 billion in government revenue! The trucking industry plays a big role in making Thanksgiving Day happen. Here a few things that would not happen without the help of truck drivers.

    1. When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of turkey. Roughly 88% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. So it’s pretty important those turkeys get to the table on time and truck drivers come to the rescue. In 2012, trucks delivered 46 million Thanksgiving Turkeys. That’s a lot of turkey! Not to mention all the sides to go with it.

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    2. It is the tradition of many families to either attend or watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in NYC in 1924 and over the years has grown to 3 million in attendance and more than 44 million watch on TV. In order to breathe life into the famous parade balloons, each one is filled with an average of 12,000 cubic feet of helium and can take about 90 minutes to inflate! This requires the help of a professional truck driver driving a helium tanker. Without a truck driver to bring in the tanker, the balloons would not go up and it would make for a pretty boring parade.

    3. Thanksgiving is now a retail buzzword because of the infamous “holiday” to follow it, Black Friday. Whether you are a shopper on a mission or casually browsing, the trucking industry is responsible for delivering products to the stores so the shelves are stocked and ready for the rush. Once Black Friday is taken care of, we rely on trucks to deliver the goods purchased on Cyber Monday. Without our drivers America’s favorite shopping weekend would fall short.

    4. Finally, we can’t forget about travel. According to AAA forecast, about 46.3 million Americans traveled on Thanksgiving Day weekend in 2014, 89% by automobile. Keeping the nation’s gas stations supplied for all of these travelers requires a truck driver to drive the fuel tanker to the gas stations.

    Food, parades, shopping and travel are a few things that make up Thanksgiving Day weekend but they are not the true meaning. When you cut through the clutter and push past the holiday rush you get to its heart, a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year. Traditionally, this referred to the agricultural harvest, however over the years it has grown into much more. It is a time to reflect and be thankful for your life’s harvest. The growing love of family, new friends added to your life, accomplishments you’ve made, and lessons learned. Although not the heart of the day, the different things listed above all play a role in bringing people together to remember the important things in life and make memories, and without truck drivers they wouldn’t happen. So as we enter the holiday season we’d like to extend our appreciation and thanks to truck drivers. Happy Thanksgiving.

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