Next week, trucking companies across the nation will participate in the 14th Annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, an event aimed at celebrating and recognizing professional truck drivers for their hard work throughout the year.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week recognizes the integral role drivers serve in delivering everything we need safely and efficiently. The annual event is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations. According to the ATA, there are 3.5 million professional truck drivers delivering life's essentials across the country every day.

This year's event coincides with the start of the busy holiday shipping season. Events will take place to honor the professional driver and remind the public that everything they rely on daily is delivered by a truck driver.

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