National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, organized by the American Trucking Associations, will be Aug. 24-30.

"National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is about letting our professional drivers know they are valued - and at the same time, letting the nation know just how important truck drivers are for our country," said Bill Graves, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. "ATA is proud to provide a way for companies to show their appreciation to employees, and to make the last week of August all about professional truck drivers."

Visit the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week website for more information:

There are over 3.5 million professional truck drivers nationwide - delivering the goods U.S. consumers need every day of the year. Logging over 400 billion miles per year, trucks delivered 10.7 billion tons of freight in 2007, or 69 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Professional truck drivers are more essential to the national economy than ever before, and they're delivering their loads safely and professionally.