What Truck Drivers Dream About
Cincinnati - It’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and time to thank one of America’s 3.5 million truck drivers who spend long days on the road and time away from their family and friends to keep our economy strong. Nearly 70% of everything you use or consume has traveled on a truck.
Total Quality Logistics is saluting the American truck driver and raising awareness for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) through its first ever Drivers Dreams program and fundraiser.
Professional truck drivers have been submitting their dreams, wishes, and needs to the Drivers Dreams website for the past two weeks. The dream submission period ended at midnight on Wednesday, September 12. The submissions have been narrowed down to the top 10 most compelling, and drivers, their family, and friends now have the opportunity to vote on the dream they want TQL to fulfill. A total of $10,000 will be granted by TQL to help make drivers dreams come true.
Some of the dreams that have made it to the final round include a wish to take one last vacation as a family before the kids are grown and gone; a dream of owning a boat to fish with the grandchildren, and the need for a van-lift for a paralyzed son. Go to the Drivers Dreams website to read all of the finalists’ dreams and vote for your favorite.
For every click on the web site and every vote cast to the Drivers Dreams website, TQL will donate $1 to SCF, one of the only charities in the country solely focused on assisting truck drivers and their families. TQL will donate up to $25,000 to SCF. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, September 22. The winning dream or dreams will be announced on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
So what else do truck drivers dream about? The following infographic provides a breakdown of what is desired by truck drivers today, based on the nearly 700 submissions received by TQL.
ABOUT TOTAL QUALITY LOGISTICS (WWW.TQL.COM)
Total Quality Logistics is a privately held company founded in 1997 that connects consumer product and industrial goods shippers with truck operators that transport freight to market destinations across North America. The company’s more than 2,000 employees identify the right trucks for particular freight loads, negotiate rates, and ensure on-time delivery. TQL was the first freight brokerage in the nation to introduce mobile freight finding applications to the trucking industry. The company’s investment in industry-leading technology and its insistence on honest, straightforward communications has made it the third largest freight brokerage in the nation and a nationally recognized Best Place to Work. TQL’s corporate headquarters is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, with satellite offices in 12 additional cities across the nation. To learn more, visit www.tql.com.
The St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund (SCF) helps professional drivers and their families who have financial needs due to medical problems. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses while recovering from illness and out of work, assisting and teaching drivers how to negotiate hospital and doctor bills. Since the beginning, the foundation has done its best with limited resources and staff to help make a difference. The SCF runs with three part-time employees. The Board of Directors, web designer, accountant, and attorney are all volunteers who donate their time and services, which help keep overhead at 10-20%. The Fund has assisted 561 drivers through July 2012.