National Trucker Appreciation Week: Truck drivers in America are recognized for their vital work

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! National Trucker Appreciation Week celebrates the individuals that keep America moving.
The country isn’t passing up the occasion to express gratitude to drivers after they weathered recent supply chain bottlenecks and coronavirus delays.

Bryan Reifsnyder, senior vice president of trucker relations at Yellow Trucking, said on “Fox and Friends” on Friday that his company is honoring its employees with cookouts, seated discussions, and other activities.

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He remarked, “We asked our clients to tell us what they valued most about our drivers.
It was simply very touching.

Yellow Trucking employees  left to right, truckers Esther Parsons, Russ Simpson and senior VP of trucker relations Bryan Reifsnyder  joined 'Fox and Friends' on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

Esther Parsons, a truck driver from Pennsylvania, chimed in and said that she had quit her former career to work as a truck driver in order to pay for her children’s college.

It’s been wonderful, she said.
I had a wonderful experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Russ Simpson, an Ohio truck driver, emphasized how simple it is to enter the trade.
Even though there are 3.6 million drivers on American highways, according to Simpson, the sector “needs more.”
We don’t have enough drivers right now, he said, adding that the issue was urgent.
I would want to express my gratitude to all drivers for their efforts.

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Truck driving no longer entails sleeping on the side of the road, according to Parsons.
She said, “I’m at home every day.”
Every day, I either eat dinner or get up early.

Pennsylvania truck driver Esther Parsons spoke on "Fox and Friends" on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

The female trucker admitted that there were more mental hurdles keeping her from joining the industry than when she finally hopped aboard.

“The people have been great, the industry has been great to me and the roads been great,” she said.

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Reifsnyder said new truckers can make a very nice salary anywhere from $60,000 to more than $100,000 per year right from the start.

Yellow Trucking presents "Fox and Friends" co-host Steve Doocy with an honorary trucker T-shirt for National Trucker Appreciation Week on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

The VP said that Yellow Trucking has 22 driving schools and a program that will cover the cost for candidates to earn their CDL.

Even with the perks, Simpson commented that its still hard to get new drivers into the industry.

“Theres too many people leaving,” he said.

“Its a good living.”

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