- 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
- Driver Chris Jackson captures moments of beauty on the road
Celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
I am always proud to talk about the amazing people I’ve met who earn their living as professional drivers. So I happily join others in the transportation industry in applauding the hard work being done every day by the country’s professional truck drivers. National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a much-deserved recognition of all that you do and a reminder to everyone of how much we all depend on truckers.
As a company that serves the trucking community, we believe that appreciating the work you do entails more than organizing special events. We also want to address larger concerns. That’s the idea behind two current programs.
The first is our StayFit program. Our “Get Moving•Stay Fit” initiative offers encouragement, incentives and a simple way to get started on a fitness routine. We teamed with the President’s Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge to create a version geared specifically to truckers. Each week, for eight weeks, you choose a Healthy Eating Focus — drink more water, for example — and log 30 minutes of activity five days a week. The enrollment and tracking is done at the UltraONE kiosk. Once you complete the eight weeks, you receive a PALA Get Moving•Stay Fit patch to recognize your effort. Plus, we offer prizes throughout the course of the program as incentive to keep going. It’s a fun way to build healthier habits through a series of simple changes.
The second is our Citizen Driver program. Citizen Driver is meant to spread the word about what truckers do, so the public can better understand the vital part that you all play in their lives, as well as the admirable traits that so many drivers possess. We want people outside of the trucking community to appreciate your professionalism and heart just as we do. Anyone can nominate a driver they believe is outstanding. Winners will have one of our locations named for them, and we’ll hang plaques in their honor, so that others can learn about them. See the item on this page for details on how to nominate a driver.
It’s incredibly satisfying to know that we can help individual drivers, and trucking as a profession, with programs like these. We will always look for ways to help you reach your goals and get the appreciation you deserve.
Do you know an outstanding driver who deserves recognition? Nominations for the Citizen Driver award will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2013. Grand prize winners will have a TA or Petro location named for them. Find information and nomination forms at www.ta-petro.com/citizendriveraward.
Game Day Fun
Are you ready for some football? TA and Petro locations are. DIRECTV is now installed at most sites, with more on the way. NFL Sunday Ticket is part of the 170-channel mix and you’ll find game-day specials at many locations. Come on by to root for your home team, or adopt the local favorite, along with other fans.
Wear Your Points
If you’re racking up UltraONE points, you may qualify for Ultimate Platinum status, the new highest reward level in the driver program. Members who earn 20,000 UltraONE points each year for three consecutive years will get an UltraONE Ultimate Platinum Leather Jacket.
Keep moving RoadSquad Connect now has more than 1,000 providers in its roadside assistance network. Visit roadsquadconnect.com, our new website, to learn more.
Techs waiting You have one more trusted truck service center on the road. Petro Dodge City, Ala. (I-65, Exit 299) now has a six-bay Petro:Lube open 24/7/365.
Salute Many thanks to the more than 10,000 veterans and active duty military who accepted our invitation to dine free at TA and Petro locations on July 4.
Musical cheers See Lindsay Lawler sing at TA and Petro on her Highway Angel Truck Stop Tour. Find dates and locations at truckstoptour.com.
Say hello Stop by the TA and Petro booth at The Heart of America Trucking Show, OOIDA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 18-19 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.