The American Trucking Associations today announced the dates for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2009 (NTDAW), which celebrates the 3.5 million professional truck drivers delivering life’s essentials across the country everyday.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2009 will take place November 1-7, marking a shift from previous years. These dates coincide with the start of the busy holiday shipping season. Events will take place to honor the professional driver and remind the public that everything they rely on daily is delivered by a truck driver.

“ATA is proud to continue the tradition of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week,” said ATA President & CEO Bill Graves. “The trucking industry values the men and women who safely deliver not only our food, medicine and clothing, but also items like the movies you watch at the movie theater. This week is a time where companies, customers and the American family can show their appreciation and honor all drivers and their families.”

There are over 3.5 million professional truck drivers nationwide - delivering the goods U.S. consumers need every day of the year. Logging over 432 billion miles per year, trucks delivered 10.7 billion tons of freight in 2007, or 69 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Professional truck drivers are more essential to the national economy than ever before, and they’re delivering their loads safely and professionally. To learn more about how essential the trucking industry is, visit

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.