- A driver builds up his own trucking business
- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
Each Day, Every Day
When National Truck Driver Appreciation Week takes place in September, all of us at TA and Petro will happily cheer along with others in the industry. Truckers deserve the recognition. But we also know that appreciation for what drivers do should happen throughout the year.
And that’s what we do at our locations. On any given day, drivers may find a celebration going on at the TA or Petro that they visit. Sometimes there are large, organized events, with music, food, games and prizes. Sometimes the employees at a particular TA or Petro decide to do something special for drivers, just because they know the drivers deserve it.
We don’t need a special occasion to remind us how important you are. That fact is felt throughout the company, and is our guiding principle. At TA and Petro, we constantly look for ways to make your life on the road a little easier and a lot more pleasant. We’re not just waiting for you to come to us, we are finding ways to come to you.
We are very involved in a number of trucking organizations devoted to helping drivers. You probably know about our work with St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF), which offers financial aid to drivers dealing with medical issues. We also meet with drivers’ groups that are trying to improve health and safety conditions for men and women truckers. We have teamed with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in a program to encourage drivers to adopt healthier habits on the road. And we always listen to individual drivers who contact us by phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, or face-to-face at trucking shows and at our periodic Drivers Council meetings.
In other words, we make a point of understanding your point of view. That means that we can provide you not only with the services you need, but with the respect that you deserve. That’s what true appreciation is about, and that’s why TA and Petro offer thanks to professional drivers day after day, week after week, year after year.
More ways to StayFit
Finding ways to maintain healthy habits now ranks as a need, not a luxury, among drivers. TA and Petro are meeting the rising demand through the StayFit program. TA Dallas South, Texas, (I-20, Exit 472/I-635) and Petro Carnesville, Ga., (I-85, exit 160) are the latest locations to add a StayFit fitness room on-site, bringing the total number of free StayFit fitness rooms to 41. Fresh fruit is available at a number of locations, so after a good workout, drivers can grab a healthy snack to replenish their energy. Seven locations also offer basketball hoops (Petro Bucksville, Ala.; TA Vero Beach, Fla.; TA Greenwood, La.; Petro Bordentown, N.J.; TA Lodi, Ohio; TA Antioch, Tenn. and TA Salt Lake City, Utah).
New TA and Petro Locations
The TA network continues to grow, with three new locations ready to provide drivers with the service and amenities they value. In Michigan, TA Tekonsha (I-69, Exit 25) and TA Battle Creek (I-94, exit 104) are both open, with renovations scheduled for the near future. In New Mexico, Petro Deming (I-10, Exit 68) has opened, filling a need for a full-service truckstop along I-10.
We Salute Vets
TA and Petro restaurants were proud to serve complimentary meals to more than 15,000 veterans and active duty military on July 4. “The day turned out to be more spectacular than we imagined,” says Tom O’Brien, TA president and CEO.
The 2012 St. Christopher Fund campaign is underway! Through Sept. 15, donate $1 at participating TA and Petro locations to help SCF and receive a commemorative wristband!
Welcome to Smokey Pounders!
Our quick-serve restaurant, located at TA Concordia, Mo., (I-70 & Rt. 23, Exit 58) offers Kansas City-inspired smoked BBQ, with all Midwestern favorites including ribs, one-pound brisket sandwiches and pulled pork. Top off your smoked meat with our traditional, sweet and spicy or smoking hot BBQ sauce. You’ll need plenty of napkins!
Walk With Us
Health and wellness events will be held at 12 TA and Petro locations as part of our celebration of National Driver Appreciation Week. The events, in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association, will take place on Sept. 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each location will have a health fair, as well as an organized one- or three-mile walk along the StayFit walking trail for drivers and their families.
Experts will be available to talk to drivers about weight loss, diet choices, exercise, heart disease, cancer and more. In addition, special guests will be on hand at some locations to host the walk and also meet and greet participants.
Participating locations include:
TA Tonopah, Ariz. (I-10, Exit 103)
TA West Memphis, Ark. (I-40, Exit 260) Homer Hogg, TA/Petro Senior Technical Trainer, Maintenance Matters expert
TA Ontario East, Calif. (I-10 & Milliken Ave.) Actor/TA radio host John Ratzenberger
TA Cartersville, Ga. (I-75, Exit 296) Owner-operator/CNN Fit Challenge member Glenn Keller
TA Morris, Ill. (I-80, Exit 112B)
TA Lodi, Ohio (I-71, Exit 209) TA/Petro President & CEO Tom O’Brien
TA Oklahoma City East, Okla. (I-40, Exit 142)
Petro Carlisle, Penn. ( I-81, Exit 52) Jay Blake, Follow A Dream
TA Antioch, Tenn. (I-24, Exit 62) Recording artist Lindsay Lawler and SiriusXM radio host Dave Nemo
TA Rockwall, Texas (I-30, Exit 68)
TA Salt Lake City, Utah (I-80, Exit 99)
Petro Spokane, Wash. (I-90, Exit 272)
Truck Treasures on Display
As impressive as today’s big rigs are, it’s always fascinating to take a look at trucks from the past. So take advantage of the American Truck Historical Society’s first Historic Highway Convoy. From Sept. 6 -15, the convoy will travel the famous Route 66, stopping at nine TA and Petro locations along the way. Each location will have its own truck show featuring vehicles from local ATHS members from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., with the convoy participants arriving around 4 p.m.
- Sept. 6 TA Morris, Ill.
- Sept. 7 TA Troy, Ill.
- Sept. 8 Petro Joplin, Mo.
- Sept. 9 Petro Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Sept. 10 TA Amarillo, Texas
- Sept. 11 TA Albuquerque, N.M.
- Sept. 12 TA Gallup, N.M.
- Sept. 13 TA Kingman, Ariz.
- Sept. 14 TA Barstow, Calif.