Show Love to your Heart this Valentine’s Day

With valentine’s day approaching, many of us often think of chocolates, flowers, and spending time with your partner. But what about your physical heart? Let’s shift gears for a moment and think about what we can do to make our heart happy. What can you do this valentine’s day to improve your heart health? We are giving you some top 5 things you can start implementing into your daily trucking life to be a keep a happy, healthy heart.

Quit Smoking

Many people correlate smoking to strictly lung issues. Such as lung disease, lung cancer, emphysema, COPD and so on. But no one seems to talk about the major toll it takes on your heart. Smoking not only increase your heart rate, but it can also cause permanent damage to your blood vessels, potentially leading to CVD (cardiovascular disease). This is caused by inhaling the cigarette smoke, which then contaminates the blood vessels with harsh chemicals and pumping that contaminated blood throughout your body. CVD is currently the leading cause of death in the US. However, it is never too late to quit! Give yourself something productive to do whenever you feel the urge to smoke, perhaps take up a new hobby or express your urges to friends and family to help stray you away. If you are over the road and you are getting that cigarette craving, allow yourself something else you enjoy. Tell yourself if you make it through your route without any cigarettes, you’ll buy yourself those new sneakers you wanted, or eat a piece of candy instead! It may also help to keep a calendar of how many days you have gone without smoking to keep motivated, you got this!

Eat Hearty Foods

When packing snacks for the road, some heart healthy but tasty options are dark chocolate covered almonds. The Journal of the American Heart Association, found that almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa significantly reduced the number of low-density lipoprotein particles in the blood. LDL is often called “bad cholesterol” because of the negative effects of clogging arteries!

Other snack options include crackers & hummus, nuts, raisins, veggies with greek yogurt, and apples with peanut butter, or any fresh fruit or vegetable! I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying before, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Even though that might be a stretch, apples do provide great nutrients for your heart and body. They are a staple super food and will keep you full for longer, promoting weight loss.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, it is important to avoid foods with high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and salt. Try incorporating vegetables, whole grains and oily fish. When you’re on the road, It may seem like the options for healthy meals are very limited. A good fast food tip is to switch out any fried sandwich for a grilled sandwich instead. Fried food contains high levels of sodium and cholesterol, which overtime can lead to high blood pressure. Fast food chains like Mc’Donalds or Wendy’s sell a grilled chicken sandwich that has significantly less sodium and fat, making it a healthier option all around.

Prioritize your Mental Health

According to the American Psychological Association, People diagnosed with clinical depression are more than twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease or suffer a heart attack. In addition, people with a more stable mental health have healthier levels of fibrinogen and cortisol in their blood, which makes them less likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Clinical depression is very intense on the depression scale, if you are suffering, we highly recommend you consult with your doctor on a plan to get you on the right path!

Find an Exercise you Enjoy

Staying active for at least 30 minutes a day is key to a healthy heart. Exercising your heart means getting your heart rate up, and the best way to do that is cardio. Some effective cardio exercises that can be done on the road are jump roping, walking/running, and body weight exercises. If you have a gym you can stop by, even better! If your gym has a pool, swimming is an excellent form of cardio. Swimming works the majority of muscles in your body, while also burning a lot of calories and working your heart muscle. If you can’t seem to fit any of these in your schedule, even taking a 10-minute walk can be effective. Next time you’re at a truck stop, get out and walk around! But most importantly, make sure whatever form of exercise you choose is something you enjoy. Consistency is key! Working out here and there will not strengthen your heart. But consistently working out overtime for 5 days a week will, and whatever form of exercise that is, its up to you!

Our driver John from Manchester, CT demonstrating body weight exercises on the road!

Prioritize Your Sleep Routine

Catching quality sleep can be difficult, not to mention how it is for truck drivers. Sleeping in a truck, moving or not is definitely something you need to take time to adjust to. If you are new to trucking, or have been struggling with your sleep lately, take these tips into consideration!

Invest in quality pillows and blankets

Sleeping in your truck may not be ideal, but make the most of it by investing in quality blankets and pillows. You will be surprised at the difference it makes! Even if you are a local driver and don’t sleep on the road, you will then look forward to coming home to your comfy bed and appreciate your sleep time more.

Use a sound machine

Something a lot of folks use to fall asleep is a sound machine. It plays calming noises helping put your mind at ease and into relaxation mode. It can also help cancel out any noise going on outside of your truck. It’s worth a shot!

Avoid electronics before bed

Studies have shown that using your phone before bed keeps your brain engaged and suppresses the melatonin levels in your brain, causing you to stay more alert and awake. Try reading a book, or plan out your day for tomorrow instead!

Even though Valentine’s day is a one day event, maintaining a healthy heart is a lifestyle. Take everything you learned from this blog into account that you must stay consistent! Your heart is a lifelong muscle that is working for you. Treat it right! With anything you wish to accomplish, consistency and hard work is key. As long as you don’t lose site of your goals or give up, you are golden. Slip ups will happen, but don’t let it affect your entire journey to healthiness.

How To Lock In Your New Year Resolutions in 2022

Setting a new year resolution is always the easy part. Sticking to it is the real challenge. Statistics show that it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you can get yourself to perform your goal for 21 days, you’re golden! But how do I stick to my goal for 21 days?

Set realistic, small goals

Don’t set yourself to such a high standard where you go into it feeling like you won’t be successful. The goal here is long-term change. A lot of people will fail at their new year resolutions because they went on too strong in the beginning and began to feel it was too much to handle. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, don’t start running every single day. You will burn yourself out. Start out slow at jogging a couple days a week. Slowly increase the running overtime and you will begin to see a huge improvement.

Get support

Hold yourself accountable with the buddy system! Explain your goals to a friend or family member, maybe they have similar goals as well. You can hold each other accountable and stay motivated together. That way you will always have backup support if you begin to feel discouraged. Make sure to talk through your thoughts and concerns together and set a plan of how you two are going to get through it!

Keep working on your goals

By March, many people have lost that initial spark of motivation. Keep that spark alive by continuing your goals even if you have faced some setbacks. Keep positive by setting small goals, and creating new ones if you can’t seem to jump the hurdle on one. Re-evaluate your goals if needed and don’t give up!

WHAT SHOULD MY RESOLUTIONS BE?

Now that you know how to set goals and stick to it, let’s ring in the new year with a fresh set of goals and resolutions! 2022 is giving you the opportunity to turn over a new leaf and reset. We all know the trucking industry can be tough, and you probably have a lot on your plate. New year resolutions may be the last thing on your mind, but we are here to give you some goals that you can incorporate to your everyday trucking life! Here are some new year resolutions ideas you can start with:

Become an elite driver in 2022

In 2022, take it to the next level and become an elite driver! This means no accidents for the whole year. If you are already elite, awesome! Continue that pattern into 2022. Not only will you feel accomplished, Lily Transportation will enroll you into our Elite Driver Program and you will receive an annual bonus which increases each year you are elite, as well as elite gear. Talk about motivation!

Stay hydrated and eat clean

We all know that truck stops are often limited to unhealthier options. But there are usually always fruits available. Make your health a priority and switch out that cookie for a piece of fruit once or twice a week. It is important when trying to eat healthier to slowly incorporate healthy changes to your diet. Quitting sugar, or carbs cold turkey can often result to binge eating or a failed diet. It is also highly important to stay hydrated. Try purchasing a water jug that contains all the water you need for the day and set goals to finish half of it 4 hours into your route. Or make it a priority to switch that soda to a water a few times a week. Small changes lead to big results!

Prioritize safety

Safety has always been the #1 priority, especially in the trucking industry. Take some time this January to really look at your safety procedures and truck inspection checklist. Are they as thorough as possible? If you aren’t already doing truck inspections before every trip, start a new habit of putting safety first. Contrary to popular belief, drugs and alcohol abuse are not the highest cause of truck accidents. It is mechanical issues often in tires and brakes. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of pre and post trip inspection!

Make time for your friends and family

Being a truck driver is often associated with having no time to spend with family due to traveling for weeks at a time- make them be wrong! Family should be your #1 priority. Take time out of each day to stop and call or facetime your loved ones and let them know how your day has been. It is important for your own mental to express how things are going on the road, especially if you drive solo. It can get lonely! Plan something nice to do with your family or friends so that you will have something to look forward to. This will help you get through your time the road.

Exercise at least 30 minutes each day

Truckers often neglect exercising due to lack of time or access to a gym. Don’t make that excuse this year! Learn to adapt to your environment and work with what you got. For example- buy a couple pairs of dumbbells, do bodyweight exercises, or start skipping, running, or walking. Any form of exercise is better than no exercise. Take those few minutes at a rest stop and get your exercise in. Getting your heart rate up once a day is so important and beneficial to your overall health! This will not only benefit your health, but exercise also releases endorphins in your brain causing you to be in a better mood, and feel more energized.

Overall, try to head into 2022 with a fresh mind. Think positively, mindset is everything! If you are feeling down about anything, try to focus on the positive by thinking of 1-3 your grateful for, even if it seems impossible. Think of all your years to come and remember that if you don’t start implementing your goals now, when will you? If you start now, you will be so glad in 1 year from now. Remember to keep your goals realistic and re-evaluate if needed! Good luck truckers and Happy New Year!


Staying Healthy On the Road: Recipes for Truckers

Staying healthy while on the road for hours on end is a big challenge many truckers often face. When you’re constantly out driving, it can be hard to find the time to meal-prep healthy meals for yourself. Not to mention, the temptations of fast food and restaurants everywhere along the way. With all the time spent trucking, eating healthy and staying physically active can easily be brushed to the side. However, there are many quick, easy recipes you can follow, to improve your overall health.

One helpful tip when making a salad is to prepare ahead of time, but leave the dressing in a separate container to avoid sogginess. Lily has the perfect shaker for this. It has a container built in on top of the cup to put your dressing in, and the size is perfect to fit into the truck’s cup holder! We know eating healthy on the road all the time can be a huge challenge. It is best to start off small and maybe incorporate one to two healthy meals in your day rather than eating out those times. While using the Lily to-go shaker, you can easily store it in your bag for a healthy snack/meal!

 For this salad recipe, use your dressing of choice, and simply pour into the container which locks in to the top on top of the shaker. Divide the ingredients below among the shaker, layering in the following order: red onion, egg, mushroom, bacon, spinach. Twist on the top to seal your salad and refrigerate until you’re ready to go!

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup  chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • 4 bacon slices chopped
  • 2  eggs ( hard-boiled, chopped)

One thing you can also use the Lily shaker for is smoothies! You can quickly blend in fruits, protein powder, yogurt, or anything you want to make a smoothie to go. You can even use the top container for extra fruit toppings to keep them dry, and avoid them getting soggy in the smoothie all day, and top them off into the smoothie when you’re ready. The recipe below is for a nutritious,strawberry banana smoothie. These are great because they have a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, yet they are so quick and easy to make. Simply blend all the ingredients below into a blender, put it in the shaker, and you’re ready to go!

  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, raspberries, or cherries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey or to taste

Staying Active On The Road: Tips For Truckers

Truck drivers around the world are facing potentially serious risks in harming their body. Truck driving involves so much time in a chair, that you may feel a lack of motivation to exercise, or you may not even know where to begin. Follow these tips and tricks and get ready for a new beginning!

One way to improve your health is to incorporate exercise snacking in your work day. Exercise snacking is “fun-sized” portions of exercise that fit into a day, opposed to going to the gym and working out for a straight hour or two, exercise snacking is short bursts of exercise that can be done multiple times throughout the day. This would be great for truckers because it can simply be done at a rest stop in two to three minutes. Some exercises you could incorporate include push-ups, sit ups, squats, lunges, sprints, or you could even go the extra mile and install a TRX system outside of your truck to perform more body weight exercises. No matter how you exercise, it is most important to just get your body moving. You would be surprised how these mini exercises not only improve your physical, but mental health as well. Exercising releases serotonin in the brain, resulting in your mood improving, and feeling better about yourself. It also is a good way to stay motivated while on the road. Over time you will see how these small daily changes truly improve your mental and physical health.

One overlooked aspect of trucking that may take a toll on your body overtime is bad posture. Having bad posture along with long hours spent in the driver’s seat can cause lower back pain and sciatica. These conditions can become so severe that they can risk drivers careers or force truckers to rely on potentially addictive painkillers to get by. Some solutions to this common issue is to keep your seat up high, forcing your pelvis in the correct position and avoiding slouching. If you want to go the extra mile, you could invest in a seat with lumbar support. This will help support your lower back, which is a huge problem many truck drivers face. You will also want to keep an internal note to stretch every so often. It may also be helpful to write it down on a sticky note and leave it somewhere you will see it, or set an alarm on your phone for every two hours to remind yourself to stretch. You should also do a full body stretch every time you are able to pull over at a rest stop. Stretching will remind your body to stay in the proper position, while also keeping your back muscles active. Pictured below are some simple but effective stretches you can include in your daily trucking life!

Performing these stretches overtime, along with the rest of the tips mentioned, will overall improve your mental and physical health. Giving your body the care, and exercise that it needs will also give you more energy. You will begin to feel less fatigued, and more motivated to take on your day. It is also proven that starting your day with a form of exercise can uplift your energy and put a positive outlook on the rest of your day. Starting your day out productive can at least put you in the right direction no matter what the rest of your day may entail. It is all about mentality, and doing your best to make small changes everyday that eventually will lead you into a routine where you do not even think about it! It will become a habit. And a healthy one at that!

Tips For Keeping Fresh, Clean, and Healthy On The Road

During these trying times, it is essential that we are staying fresh, clean, healthy, and while on the road. The idea of traveling across the nation can be daunting, especially when commodities such as truck stops, gyms, and other locations we commonly seek exercise and upkeep are closed. Whether that be getting a good workout in or washing your work uniform, which used to be simple tasks now poses a great challenge to commercial truck drivers. In order to combat these new difficulties as well as a worldwide virus during flu season, below you will find some recommendations on how to keep fresh, clean, and healthy while trucking on the road. Especially now as the winter months arrive, it is key that we all remain in the best health possible. Check out our tips and tricks below and let us know how you stay fresh while on the road!

Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer

What is better than killing two birds with one stone? Moisturizing hand sanitizer is an absolute essential in today’s world. Battling the current pandemic means taking as many precautions possible when it comes to maintaining your own personal health. Hand sanitizer is a wonderful way to keep yourself clean and safe by eliminating all bacteria on your hand following contact with other individuals and objects. At the same time, we find ourselves entering the winter months. With the winter season on the near horizon, dry skin and dry hands can often plague us. What better way to combat these two issues than with one solution. Easy to keep and store in your truck throughout the year, moisturizing hand sanitizer is a wonderful way to keep clean and feel great!

Outdoor Exercise

When you have the appropriate opportunity, make sure to get some outdoor exercise. It is absolutely essential to constantly be making sure you are awake and feeling great. While many gyms around the nation are still closed, an empty parking lot or local park is a wonderful way to get a quick run, jog, or cross-fit style workout in. Not only is working out great for the body, it is also great for the mind and you’ll surely find yourself more awake and aware while driving. Make sure to bundle up this time of year when exercising outdoors, but certainly take advantage of the cool weather to wake you up!

Watch What You Eat

As the winter months approach, there is often nothing more comforting than warming yourself up to a nice hearty meal. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with good, filling meals to keep you going, make sure you watch what you eat at the traditionally more inactive months approach. An unfortunate reality of the cold cold winter months is that many individuals tone down their exercise routines. Combat this with an even healthier diet!

Get Good Sleep

Sleep is absolutely essential to properly operate any motor vehicle, let alone a commercial sized truck. During these winter months, make sure you have the proper equipment in order to get a good night’s rest. Good sleep is essential to staying mentally sharp and physically in shape. If you find yourself having sleep issues, make sure you reach out to a medical professional and address the issue as quickly as possible. Good sleep is mandatory for any truck driver!

We hope these healthy tips will assist you throughout the winter months. Safe travels everybody!

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2020 Meal Prepping On The Go: Meal & Snack Ideas For All Drivers

By this point, it is no secret that eating on the road has been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. While states across the nation continue to slowly lift certain aspects of statewide restrictions, the need to keep our bodies fueled on the road has not changed whatsoever, yet the variety of open dining establishments continues to suffer. With that in mind, below are some great snack and meal ideas for operators looking to stay energized and sharp while trucking throughout the nation.

1.) Salads – Easy to pack in any Tupperware style container, salads of any kind provide a great meal for any driver on the road. Whether you want to spice it up with your meat of choice or want to keep it simple with lettuce and a little dressing, salads of any kind are easy to make, affordable, and easy to pack for any journey– whether you’re home every night or find yourself in a different part of the country each week. 

2.) Yogurt and Granola – Easily packed into coolers of any size, a quick and easy Yogurt, and Granola breakfast or snack is great for keeping you sharp and energized. Packing essential proteins and nutrients, yogurt snacks let you change up monotonous routines and have a little fun when packing your food for the day or week. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to the traditional yogurts, give Greek yogurt a try!

3.) Nuts – With plenty of varieties to choose from, nuts of all kinds provide quick and effective ways to get essential nutrients and proteins. Simple and easy to pack, consider buying a large pack of nut assortments the next time you grocery shop. When the time does not allow for an extended lunch break, a healthy dose of nuts can eliminate that hunger and provide you with the fuel needed to keep on moving forward. 

4.) Fruit – While a bit more challenging to keep and store, fruit provides an excellent way to eat healthy while on the road. Whether that be apples or oranges, fruit provides an excellent source of vitamins and sugars that are sure to keep you energized on the road. 

5.) Soup – Whether you like them cold or hot, soups of any kind provide excellent ways to convenient pack and store complete meals. Not only do they serve as an effective option for storage, but an excellent source of proteins and other nutrients as well. Whether it be a chicken noodle, Italian weddings, tomato or beef, and noodles, soups of all kinds make for great meals on the road.

The list could go on! If you’re craving sandwiches, don’t shy away from packing your favorite deli-style meal! Peanut butter and jelly will always be an American staple and leftovers are often some of the best go-to meals. Consider making multiple servings when cooking up your favorite meal next time! 

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Fall Driving Tips: 4 Ways to Keep Stay Safe In The Fall Foliage

It’s no secret that the autumn months provide some of the most incredible scenic driving in the world. Whether that be in colonial New England or the Pacific Northwest, fall driving rewards operators with cooler weather and stunning foliage, an incredible combination for those who work on the road. With a new season upon us, we must also remember how that affects truck driving in terms of safety and common practice. From wildlife to foliage, each fall offers aspects unique to other seasons. Let’s take a look at four unique tips that will keep drivers safe in these cool-autumn months.

Watch Out For Leaves and Tree Debris

While the beautiful colored leaves offer gorgeous scenery, stationary leaves on road can create hazards dangerous to all drivers. Traffic hazards are serious issues and a patch of damp leaves can trigger accidents if drivers and operators are not paying close attention. What is the best way to handle areas of road covered in leaves? Slow down and approach carefully– avoid sudden braking and swerving.

Pay Attention For Wildlife

Deer and other large game animals are traditionally most active during the fall months. While some trucks may be equipped with protective guards, all drivers should be wary and cautious when driving through heavily wooded or deer populated areas. Most commonly active during the morning and evening, it is not uncommon to see deer alongside highways and roads alike. Keep an eye out for crossing signs and avoid sudden braking and swerving.

Weather Variation

The transition from fall to summer provides a welcomed cooling across the country. While most appreciate the cooler mornings and nights, it is crucial to remember significant daily weather variations can create hazards on the road. With many areas of the country experiencing the first freezing temperatures of the season, drivers need to be cautious of their surroundings and vehicle. Wind and rainstorms can trigger significant debris droppings from the changing foliage. If possible, look ahead at local weather and prepare accordingly.

Stay Aware of Sun Glare

With the sun setting earlier in the day across the country, it is crucial that drivers recognize and prepare for the risk of sun glare. Shorter days and daylight savings create sun glare, making it far more challenging to see pedestrians, road debris, other drivers, and more. In order to protect yourself and other drivers, keep your windshield clean and carry a pair of sunglasses at the ready.

Keeping these four tips in mind, make sure to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while on the road. There simply is not another career which provides such a privilege and opportunity!

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Why Is There Such a High Demand for Truck Drivers?

The trucking industry is bouncing back in a big way. After years of dealing with a shortage of drivers, the industry is now home to 3.5 million of them, and that number continues to grow. The demand for truck drivers has never been stronger, so if you’re looking for trucking jobs, you’re in luck!

More Opportunities Than Ever Before

Trucking has always been a major backbone of our country’s economy. Without trucker jobs, online shopping would grind to a halt and affect the lives of countless businesses and consumers. And since the number of people shopping online continues to grow, it’s safe to assume that the demand for truck drivers won’t be going away anytime soon.

There’s more good news, too! The industry is more diverse than it’s ever been before, as companies (like Lily Transportation!) are actively hiring women, veterans, and anyone interested in seeing what the truck driver lifestyle has to offer. 

As soon as you get your commercial driver’s license, a whole new world of opportunity will open to you. Whether you’re looking for trucking jobs that will let you see the whole country or just your local area, Lily Transportation has openings for you. We’ll work with you to find a role that finetunes your skills and helps you find your place behind the wheel of one of our beautiful trucks.

The Importance of Truck Drivers Is Never Going Away

One of the best things about trucking is that just about anyone can do it. The demand for truck drivers has remained strong for years, and even as the industry continues to evolve, that isn’t going to change. Just look at our country today as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people sheltering themselves at home, it’s our country’s truck drivers that have ensured everyone has access to the essential supplies they need.

Even when the pandemic is over, online shopping will remain a staple of our country’s economy (maybe more than ever), which means our way of life will continue to need dedicated and professional truck drivers. 

This is why Lily Transportation is always pursuing, recruiting, and hiring truck drivers. We’re blessed to have so many amazing truck drivers on our team and we’d love to help you become a part of the Lily Family. 

“Lily made me feel comfortable and gave me the opportunity to change careers. It’s a great company to work for and I just want to ask you (other drivers): “What are you waiting for?” Join us!

— Yessica Licona–Amador, Driver

The demand for truck drivers isn’t going anywhere, so if you want to find truck driving jobs that will compensate you well and make sure you and yours are well taken care of,  reach out to one of our recruiters today at 800-248-LILY.

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5 Reasons the Importance of Truck Drivers is Clearer Than Ever Before

The trucking and transportation industry has been a staple in the United States for generations. It’s a crucial part of our economy, equips us with the products we need, and keeps the gears of the country turning. And now, with the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically affecting the way we live our lives, the importance of truck drivers and the work they do for us is perhaps more vital than it’s ever been before.

Here are five of the (many) reasons the importance of truck drivers and the trucking industry at large deserves an extra round of applause during this difficult time:

1) A Backbone of Our Economy

In 2018, the U.S. freight and trucking industry generated approximately 800 billion dollars in revenue. Truck drivers are almost single-handedly responsible for keeping countless businesses and services, the ones we often take for granted, alive and well. And like Trucking.com says, over 70% of all freight tonnage in the U.S., which equates to over 10 billion tons of cargo, is transported by truck drivers.

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Without truckers, we wouldn’t have access to many of the products and services we rely on, and, as a result, our economy would run the risk of collapsing in on itself.

2) Employing Millions of Americans

Not only is the trucking industry responsible for a significant chunk of our country’s economy—all of the online retailers we rely on wouldn’t be able to exist without truckers, after all—but it’s also an essential career path for millions of hardworking Americans from all walks of life. 

According to a 2019 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the trucking industry now provides more than 3.5 million people with trucker jobs. And that doesn’t even take into account the millions of other trucking jobs the trucking industry generates!

3) Stocking the Shelves of Our Stores

The odds are very high that just about everything you see on the shelf at the grocery store spent some time on a truck and wouldn’t be within arm’s reach if it hadn’t been for America’s truck drivers. If you were to imagine our country without truckers, for example, then you’d be seeing a world where ATMs would be cashless, “gas stations would run out of fuel,” and “essentials like bottled water, powdered milk, and canned foods would be gone.” 

4) Keeping Businesses Afloat

“The American trucker sits at a vital intersection in society,” Trucking.com says. “They are the critical link between the valued goods we produce and the demands of our most pressing needs.” The importance of truck drivers is impossible to overstate, especially when it comes to keeping the businesses we rely on—both local and otherwise—active and afloat.

5) Providing the Country with the Goods it Needs

With so many brick-and-mortar stores currently closed on account of COVID-19, truck drivers are playing a crucial role in keeping our homes stocked with the supplies they need. Even when the rest of the world is hunkering down, “factories and meat-packing plants are still running at full operation,” and there are so many supplies (food, toilet paper, etc.) that need to get to stores and consumers. “That means drivers, as always, are needed on the road.”

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Inspiring Examples of People Working to Support Truckers

COVID-19 is changing things that we once took for granted. Whether that’s playing in a park or going to a movie theater, the way we live our lives has changed for the time being. But one thing that hasn’t changed is how important our truck drivers are, and especially right now, how important it is to support truckers in as many ways as we can.

Here at Lily Transportation, we consider our drivers like family, and we’re so proud of their hard work and bravery during these trying times. And we’re not the only ones! Here are some inspiring examples of people reaching out to support truckers and the essential work they’re doing for our country!

Free Food for Truckers

With so many truck stops either closing down or limiting the services they offer to help combat the spread of COVID-19, truck drivers may find it tricky to get the kind of meals they need to keep going during the day. And with truck driver health being more important than it probably ever has, making sure they’re well-fed and energized is an absolute necessity. Thankfully, there have been so many examples—too many to count!—of people and businesses providing food and help for truckers who may need it.

“The Iowa Motor Truck Association,” for example, “provided 1,000 complimentary boxed lunches for truck drivers at two truck stops along Interstate 80.” Trucking Info also reports that “McDonald’s has begun curbside delivery for truckers,” and Fleet Owner says that the “Taco Bell Headquarters in Irvine, Calif., has transformed into its first-ever Truck-Thru,” where they’ll be providing free meals for “for heroes of the highway.”

Even the kids are getting involved, as there’s a 13-year-old boy in West Virginia who set up a table alongside the road to give free food to passing truckers. 

Expressing Gratitude

“Resourcefulness, sacrifice, resilience—are deeply rooted in the trucking industry. They’re embedded in the heart of the American trucker,” American Trucking Association (ATA) President Chris Spear said in late March. “As Americans across the country are witnessing, truckers have an enormous role in this national fight against COVID-19. It’s imperative they are empowered to keep rolling, so they can deliver those loads critically needed to get us all through.” 

Charities like Truckers Relief Fund are also making sure to support truckers. They’re urging everyone to donate to truckers and their families as a “thank you” for all the work they’re doing for us. 

It doesn’t stop there, either! There are countless social media posts (Transport Topics spotlights just a small percentage of them here) from people expressing their gratitude for the truckers who are keeping our country running right now. “Please let drivers know how appreciative the American people are for their tremendous effort and extra time they are putting in to get what is needed for us to get through this crazy time,” one person said. “Can’t say it enough — we love Truck Drivers! Thank you.” 

We couldn’t have said it better. Thank you, truckers! 

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