This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. As an industry leader, we know what it takes for people to get what they need to manage their daily lives. From stocking fridges to getting online deliveries to running business, none of it is possible without the millions of truck drivers on the road everyday.
We want to take the time to acknowledge and thank the drivers that keep our supply chains running. Today, we’re spotlighting Sammy Lloyd and asking him some questions about being a driver.
What are common, but unexpected challenges of being a driver?
“Being away from my family is my biggest challenge as a driver.
Most days on the road, I’m good. But some days, unexpectedly I’d wake up and think, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ I should be home with my family.
Find out how Sammy got started in trucking.
Then soon afterward, I’d snap out of it and realize what I’m doing is for the betterment of my family, and I’d get back to trailer trucking. Fortunately, I’m in a position where I’m home way more than when I’m gone.
If you can’t be passionate about what you do for a living, be passionate about why you do it. In my case, I do it for my family.”
What is it about being a truck driver that you wish people knew more about?
“I wish more people knew about common courtesy for our fellow drivers. Be mindful of others’ time on the fuel islands. Move over a lane when someone else is broken down on the side of the road. And even know what it means when a big truck kills his headlights for a second while you pass them. It’s courtesy to let you know you’re clear to come over.
These are things I was taught the first day training as an OTR driver. Seems nowadays, no one knows, or maybe they don’t care about.”
Learn about our other featured truck drivers
We’re spotlighting a different driver every day this week. See who else we’ll feature for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!