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As a professional driver constantly subjected to the sun’s rays, you need to make sure you are wearing the proper sunglasses to protect your eyes. In addition, proper sunglasses allow you as a driver to operate safely at an increased level of visibility.

Tips for Choosing the Right Sunglasses:

Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory. They are an important protection for your eyes against the damaging rays of the sun. It is important for you to know what kind of light you need to protect your eyes from and what type of light is not necessarily harmful. Here are some tips for picking the right pair of nonprescription sunglasses.

Choose glasses that block 99 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is the most important feature of your sunglasses, and you should always choose sunglasses that provide this protection. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is linked to eye disease, including cataracts. Some manufacturers' labels say UV absorption up to 400nm. This is the same thing as 100 percent UV absorption. Some glasses make additional claims for blocking infrared rays, but research has not shown a close connection between infrared rays and eye disease.

Do not rely on the price. Budget conscious? Many types of affordable sunglasses offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection, so you do not need to spend a lot of money on a pair of sunglasses.

Check the quality of the sunglasses. In addition to UV protection, you also want to check the optical quality of the lenses. You can easily assess the quality of sunglasses by looking at something with a rectangular pattern, such as a floor tile. Hold the glasses at a comfortable distance and cover one eye. Move the glasses slowly from side to side, then up and down. If the lines stay straight, the lenses are fine. If the lines wiggle, especially in the center of the lens, try another pair.

Look for impact-resistant lenses. All sunglasses must meet impact standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety. No lens is truly unbreakable, but plastic lenses are less likely to shatter when hit by a ball or stone. Polycarbonate plastics, used in many sports sunglasses, are especially strong, but scratch easily. If you buy polycarbonate lenses, choose ones with a scratch-resistant coating.


Use protective eyewear instead of sunglasses for hazardous activities. If you are going to be engaged in outdoor activities like water or snow skiing that put your eye at risk for injury, do not count on your eyeglasses for protection. Protective eyewear is available with UV protection to shield your eyes from sunburn and glare.

Lens color tinting and polarization are personal preferences. There is no medical reason to recommend one tint of lens over another. Likewise, while polarized lenses work better at deflecting glare, they are not blocking any more harmful UV light than non-polarized lenses.

Once you have the right sunglasses, make sure you wear them, especially in the summer when UV levels are at least three times higher than in the winter. Also be sure to wear them when participating in winter sports, particularly at high elevations.

"Thank God for truckers"

Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a crucial time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, they also keep our highways safe.

This year's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 11-17, 2022 and takes on a special significance considering the crucial role truck drivers played during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Americans and Canadians have taken extraordinary steps to show their appreciation for the important work that professional truck drivers have done as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. From children passing out lunches, to "I Heart Truck" signs across the highways, the public has taken notice of the essential role truck drivers play in their lives. As we reflect on the past three years, I often wonder where we would be today if the truck drivers had refused to drive the trucks that were delivering our personal protective equipment (PPE), food, medical supplies and the list goes on and on!

This week in September is a small way to show appreciation to the 3.5 million professional men and women who not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, but also keep our highways safe. Start planning now to do something special for your drivers during this week in September that we set aside to recognize them.

Driver Recognition Awards

Driver Appreciation week is a good time to review your award and recognition programs that you have in place. It is important that we recognize those drivers who have performed

in a safe and compliant manner. Recognition awards are best used for safe driving. A recognition award should be an award that the driver or employee cannot get anywhere else. It is best if these awards are personalized. Benefits of recognition award are that they are non-monetary and have a longer lasting effect. A driver should not be able to go and buy this award on their own. The only way to receive the award and recognition is to meet the requirements for receiving the award. These awards can be further enhanced by presenting award group presentations with peers (i.e. meetings, banquets, etc.).

driver appreciation

As a motor carrier, there are several state and nationwide association award programs that you can enroll your drivers in. I would recommend that you contact your state trucking association for a listing of the awards programs that are available. There are a variety of awards programs available for your drivers through organizations such as the American Trucking Association ( and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). The NPTC has the Driver Hall of Fame and National Driver All-Stars driver’s awards programs that are available to NPTC members. Go to: to enroll your driver.

Driver Incentive Awards:

Incentive monetary awards are best used to motivate a driver to perform.  These types of incentive programs are successful in motivating the driver to achieve a specific goal such a certain fuel mileage or a clean roadside inspection.

National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Signs Coalition Letter Supporting TSA Background Check Legislation


NPTC has signed on to a letter supporting passage of the TSA Security Threat Assessment Application Modernization Act (H.R. 6571, S. 4298), which would eliminate duplication of background checks and fees for persons seeking a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and a Hazardous Materials Endorsement.

Under the current requirements, drivers who want a TWIC and an HME must undergo separate but identical security threat assessments (background checks) and pay separate fees for the two credentials.  This legislation would require States to recognize the background check already in an applicant’s file and eliminate the duplicate fee.

The letter was sent to the leadership and general membership of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  On July 13, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing to consider the nomination of David Pekoske to be Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.