We hope everyone enjoyed Driver Appreciation Week this year. We know 2020 has been hard on so many, and we’re glad for the chance to spread some joy. We also understand that a driver’s job never stops, and so our appreciation should continue beyond a single week!
We challenge everyone who has a trucker in their life to keep the appreciation going. Whether you’re a carrier company employee, family member, or a trucker yourself, a little bit of thanks for your fellow drivers goes a long way to remind America’s truckers that they’re seen, valued and appreciated. Here are a few suggestions of ways you can thank a trucker at any time of the year.
Ideas for the Trucker on the Go
Truckers spend hours, and sometimes days, away from home. Giving them gifts to keep them comfortable and entertained while they’re on the road can go a long way. Remember: they’re limited on space, so keep your gifts small and practical. Some ideas include:
- Their favorite, non-perishable snacks
- A reusable water bottle
- Travel mugs
- A lunch cooler
- Audio books/subscriptions
- iTunes or satellite radio gift cards
- A bluetooth headset
- Small personal hygiene kits
- Electric blankets
- Ergonomic pillows and cushions
- Small picture books with photos of their family, friends, and pets
Gifts To Help them Slow Down
While the truckers in your life are waiting on the next job, you can help them make the most of their time off. Gift cards are great, because they can be used at a time that fits the driver’s schedule. Think of some creative gift card options, like:
- Their favorite local restaurant (dine in or carry out!)
- Massage or float spa
- Movie theater or streaming service cards
- Retail stores
- Housekeeping services
Remember to be mindful of local Covid restrictions, and make sure your gifts are flexible and useful.
You can also help your favorite driver organize a night out. A great way to show your appreciation is by offering babysitting services so a driver can have date nights to reconnect with their partner or spouse after a long trip on the road.
Help Them Stay Safe
Covid-19 has changed trucking for the foreseeable future. Truckers are safety-minded by nature, and now they have a whole new list of concerns each day. While carriers are doing a great job keeping their drivers safe while on the road, you can help drivers out by giving them some little extras, like:
- Scented hand sanitizer
- Fun/themed PPE masks
- Organizer totes for cleaning supplies
- Disinfectant wipes — you can never have too many!
Ideas for Carrier Leadership
While the CEO of a carrier company might not be able to offer babysitting to their entire driver staff, they can dedicate a little budget and devote some creativity to put a smile on their drivers’ faces. If you want to show your drivers how much you appreciate them, you can:
- Give monthly or quarterly awards or recognition for safety
- Shout out drivers who earn new endorsements or specialty certificates
- Run a driver spotlight on your company’s blog or intranet
- Award spot bonuses for excellent customer service
- Foster an environment of open communication by asking for driver feedback
- Help your drivers build careers they can be proud of
Simple Ways to Show Gratitude
Sometimes, the best gifts are free. Look around yourself and take in everything you have–from your cup of coffee to your computer to the lunch you eat today, and realize that it was all brought to you because of America’s truckers. Thank them out loud for their hard work and dedication. Give them a smile and a wave when you’re on the road. Remember them in your holiday card list, or even send them an out-of-the-blue thank-you card.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift that lets the drivers in your life show off their F|Staff pride, you can find t-shirts, hoodies, accessories, and even holiday items in the F|Staff shop.
F|Staff Appreciates Our Drivers All Year Long
At F|Staff, we put truckers in the drivers’ seat of their careers. F|Staff drivers get to choose from a wide variety of exciting opportunities that aren’t available elsewhere, and they get to set a schedule that works for them. We offer competitive pay and benefits, and we help you build a career you can be proud of!
Are you a carrier looking for qualified drivers? F|Staff is here to help. We can help you get your trucks moving quickly!