In a landscape of news emphasizing struggles, challenges, and crises, it is essential to spotlight the positive developments within the work truck fleet industry.
We've compiled a selection of the most inspiring news highlights as of September 2023.
These stories promise to bring a smile and deliver a much-needed boost of inspiration during these demanding times.
Top Fleet Stories
Here are the top four fleet stories of the month to brighten your day from September.
Celebrating Truck Drivers
RaceTrac honored professional drivers during Truck Driver Appreciation Month with exclusive perks at its Travel Center and EDO stores throughout September.
With nearly 72% of all goods in the U.S. shipped by truck, RaceTrac acknowledges the crucial role truck drivers play and offered special deals, including $4 meal deals and free hot dogs.
Helping Future Technicians
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation granted 378 scholarships totaling $640,250 for the upcoming school year, with recipients pursuing education at two-year or four-year colleges, accredited automotive vocational programs, or studying fields like business, engineering, and IT/cybersecurity related to the automotive aftermarket.
The scholarships cover diverse career paths within the automotive industry, including mechanical, collision, and heavy-duty repair, showcasing the foundation's commitment to supporting various educational pursuits.
Donating to Charities
In observance of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Fleet Advantage had two charitable donations through its Kids Around The Corner Foundation (KATC) to TruckersFinalMile.org and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT).
As a continuous supporter, KATC has annually contributed to TruckersFinalMile.org since 2021, aiding the nonprofit in reuniting over 500 North American truck drivers and their families during times of crisis.
As the largest contributor this year and a corporate sponsor for the third consecutive year, KATC has played a pivotal role in securing college education savings accounts through TruckersFinalMile.org’s “Sleigh Bells and Santa” Christmas campaign, welcoming further donations and sponsorships until December 8, 2023.
Peterbilt joined forces with Transition Overwatch to support military veterans in transitioning their skills into service technician roles within the Peterbilt dealer network.
Transition Overwatch, a veteran-owned organization established in 2018, works to connect transitioning veterans with opportunities in the civilian workforce, acting as an intermediary between veterans, government programs like SkillBridge and the Registered Apprenticeship Program, the Peterbilt Technician Institute, and Peterbilt dealers across the U.S.
Through SkillBridge, active-duty military members can engage in industry training while earning pay and benefits, while the RAP enables service members to acquire civilian workforce skills and competencies, providing a path to employment through training.