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Drivers Turn to to Locate Upcoming NTDAW Events across North America

Don’t miss out on freebies, special events and discounts; database is easily searchable by geographic location

Alexandria, Virginia:

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) is right around the corner, September 11-17, 2011. Do you know where your route will take you during this time? Make sure you don’t miss out on the many freebies, entertainment, special events, and discounts that will be available to CDL holders during NTDAW by checking before you hit the road. is a Web site sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and its industry partner, uDrove® LLC, that allows professional truck drivers to easily locate upcoming NTDAW activities taking place in North America and plan their schedules accordingly. Events can be searched within a specified state/province, city, and/or distance in miles from a city. Event listings provide not only basic contact and location information, but also the type of activity (free meal, discount offer, prizes/gifts, etc.), drivers who may attend (all CDL holders, only CDL holders affiliated with the host company, etc.), and if the general public and media are invited to participate.

“There are so many companies honoring professional drivers during Truck Driver Appreciation Week that the industry really needed a clearinghouse to keep track of them all,” said Gary Salisbury, TCA chairman and the president and chief executive officer of Fikes Truck Line, Inc., of Hope, Ark. “We encourage drivers to check back frequently as new events are added, and of course we also encourage trucking companies and industry suppliers to make sure their activities get listed so everyone can find them.”

NTDAW is an annual industry-wide effort to honor and recognize the true knights of the road – professional truck drivers – and to draw public attention to the vital role that trucking plays in the economic growth of North America. In the United States alone, trucking employs 6.8 million workers (not including those who are self-employed). Of these, about 3.2 million are professional drivers who consistently and reliably deliver 68 percent, or 8.8 billion tons, of the nation’s freight tonnage. From food and clothing to medicines and building supplies, trucks bring goods to those who need them, when they need them.

As summer begins to fade and the second week of September is right around the corner, be sure to bookmark and check it frequently. Also, any company that has not yet registered its driver appreciation activities can still do so. Visit the site for complete details.