National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 11-17, 2016.

American Trucking Associations opened the official 2016 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week online store, featuring customizable merchandise designed to show support for the industry’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers.

“The men and women who drive trucks in this country do a tremendous service to all of us, and it’s important to recognize the work they do to safely and efficiently transport the goods we rely on each day,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Safely navigating the nation’s highways is a challenging task for many of us, but truck drivers handle it with professionalism and poise and for that they deserve our appreciation.”

Notable additions to this year’s e-store include a neon safety shirt, a durable, easy-to-carry search flashlight, and a lightweight, practical backpack, all of which showcase the 2016 NTDAW logo. Popular items from previous years, such as lunchboxes, hats and banners are also available on the NTDAW store.

This year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17. ATA encourages motor carriers and suppliers throughout the industry to hold appreciation events for professional truck drivers. ATA First Vice Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express, is hosting ATA and America’s Road Team for an event at the Jet Express facility in Dayton, Ohio. For more ideas on hosting your own NTDAW event, visit the Resources section of the official NTDAW website.

“Our economy is literally driven by professional truck drivers, so these men and women deserve our highest respect and praise,” said Burch. “We’ve seen excitement for this week grow from year to year and I think it’s because truck drivers are proud of the work they do and the public is starting to understand how important truck drivers are to our way of life.”

The official 2016 NTDAW logo is available for download on the ATA website. The site also offers resources ranging from state proclamation drafts to examples of editorials for trucking industry affiliates to enhance their driver appreciation events.

Sponsors for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week include Help, Inc., Velociti, U.S. Legal Services, Smart Drive and Trucker Path.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward.