There is something about the holiday season that brings out the best in people, and may even inspire them to do a few good deeds. We’re reminded of this every time we dip into a store and pass a Salvation Army bell ringer. Truck drivers are no exception.

Truck drivers helping out on the road

We have all seen a horror or thriller movie about a crazed truck driver chasing down hapless victims in their big intimidating trucks, and it goes without saying that this is fiction. What we don’t see in film is the countless number of drivers who stop and help out commuters who are stranded on the side of the road. Obviously, truck drivers log a lot of hours on the road and while they do have tight schedules it is not uncommon for a driver to pull over and help someone who might be stranded on the side of the road. Don’t take our word for it, as a simple search on Google brings up all sorts of results and there are even forums where drivers share their good deeds.

Good deeds on a massive scale

Truck drivers and the trucking community often help out during major national and local disasters. When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the gulf coast, truckers from all over delivered aid and vital supplies to the area. Truck drivers worked day and night to make sure the victims had the supplies they needed. This wasn’t a case of drivers and trucking companies ‘cashing in’ either; many of the companies re-allocated equipment at a loss and hundreds of drivers donated their time in order to provide relief to the area. Virtually every disaster requires materials and aid that are delivered by truck drivers and in every scenario truck drivers selflessly answer the call.

Truckers leading by example during the holiday season and beyond

As we appreciate the holiday season and think about all the good deeds we have seen or done ourselves we can look to truck drivers as a true role model. In a perfect world we wouldn’t wait until the holidays to lend a helping hand and this is where truck drivers excel, as they are on the road 365 days a year and are willing to stop and offer aid or even drop everything and donate time during disasters. As we’re commuting this holiday season those trucks on the road should act as reminders of how we can all lend a helping hand, and at the very least we should take comfort that they are out there, ready to help out when disaster strikes for us personally or the country as a whole.