Without truck drivers, families across the country would be without Christmas presents and delicious dinners during the holidays. Sadly, many people are not aware of the crucial role that truck drivers play in their quintessential holiday festivities. Trucking during the holidays is not ideal, but drivers are dedicated to their jobs to serve people like you.
Trucking During the Holidays
In 2020, The American Trucking Association reported that there are nearly 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. While it may be hard to even fathom that number, every single truck driver is valued and needed to deliver all goods purchased during the holiday season. In fact, according to NPR, UPS alone estimated that they would deliver 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. Even though the holidays are thought to be a time to slow down and relax, it’s anything but for truck drivers. During the holidays, truck drivers feel the pressure to deliver packages on time and safely to thousands of locations.
At Liquid Trucking, we recognize the importance of having our truck drivers home to spending time with their families, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, that’s not feasible for every truck driver when the demand for trucking is so high this time of year. TransWood put it quite simply, “the truth is, that the dedicated men and women in the trucking industry are away from their families so they can bring Christmas to America.” If you find yourself in this position, we hope that you can still make time to enjoy your holiday and connect with your loved ones. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your holiday while on the road:
Tips for Truck Drivers Away from Home During the Holidays
- Use technology
Take advantage of all that technology has to offer by calling or Facetiming your family. Being able to talk with your loved ones will help them feel not so far away. Check-in with your friends on social media by seeing what they’re doing and sharing what you’re up to.
- Find some company
Share the holiday spirit with fellow truck drivers or truck stop workers who are also away from home. Sharing a meal with them can bring a smile to their face and help you feel a little less lonely.
- Be flexible
Even though Christmas and New Year’s are always celebrated on their respective dates, it doesn’t mean that you have to be bound to the calendar. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to be home, then reschedule your plans and celebrate on another day. What matters most is that you’re surrounded by those you love!
- Bring the Holidays with You
It might sound silly, but packing a few decorations to put up in your hotel room or in your cab may help you enjoy the season. Hang a wreath on your door, set up a mini Christmas tree in your room, or put in some festive floor mats and seat covers. Additionally, don’t forget to turn on Christmas music while on the road or watch some Christmas classics while on your break.
As truck drivers get ready for their next big surge of holiday shipping, we hope you know just how important and appreciated your work is. So many families would be without their festive traditions if it weren’t for your sacrifice. On behalf of all of us at Liquid Trucking, we would like to thank all of those who are trucking during the holidays and helping spread Christmas cheer with one delivery at a time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
To learn more about Liquid Trucking, please call 844-GO-TANKS or visit our website.