Driver Appreciation Week 3

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. We asked drivers to tell us some of the things that make their day, and each day this week we’re going to share a different way to show your appreciation to a truck driver.


Will the load be available in the morning? Is there anywhere to park the truck if the load arrives at the destination early? Will there be lumpers, and who’s playing the fee? Are the pallets shrinkwrapped? Letting the driver know everything there is to know about the load shows that you appreciate what goes into doing the job well.

And if you're negotiating rates with an owner-operator, be transparent an honest about what your goals are. Chances are, if you help that O-O with a backhaul, he or she will be more willing to help you out on down the line.

Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan is the editor of DAT Carrier News. He has more than 10 years of journalism experience.

About DAT

DAT operates the largest truckload freight marketplace in North America. Transportation brokers, carriers, news organizations and industry analysts rely on DAT for market trends and data insights derived from 183 million freight matches and a database of $118 billion of market transactions.

The Original Load Board - Trusted Since 1978

The company was established in 1978 as the Dial-A-Truck (DAT) load finder service at Jubitz® truck stop in Portland, OR.