Thanks to the mass media covering every truck wreck like it’s the most horrific thing since the BP oil spill and lots of websites that love to post videos of stupid things that truckers do; we truckers have a pretty bad reputation with the general public. That’s why I am so glad to be able to tell you about the 29th Annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy.

Every year since 1990, truckers participate in this awesome event to help raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. The Mother’s Day Truck Convoy even made it into the Guinness World Records in 2016 as the world’s longest truck convoy, boasting 590 trucks! Take that, Pig Pen and Rubber Duck! 

This mega-convoy runs across 26 miles of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where thousands of spectators line the route to cheer on the long line of trucks filled with Make-A-Wish kids and truckers blasting their air horns. Check out the video.

The Mother’s Day Truck Convoy is the number one fundraiser for the Lancaster County branch every year. How about that? For once we truckers are actually #1 instead of just being told we are #1 by impatient auto drivers.

To learn more about the convoy, have a listen to the podcast version above where I had a chance to interview Ben Lee, Regional Director for Philadelphia, Delaware, & Susquehanna Valley or click here to visit the Convoy website.

So even if you can’t make it to this year‘s event, there’s no reason why you can’t help. Just follow this link to donate whatever you can for this worthy cause. (If you don’t have a specific company or team to support, simply click Donate, then TEAM, and then type “make” into the search bar. You can them donate under the Lancaster branch office team.)

And before you click away without donating, I double-dog dare you to watch the video below. If you don’t tear up a bit, your heart is as black as motor oil.

Podcast Show Notes:

In this episode we talk to Ben Lee, president of Make-A-Wish for the Susquehanna Valley, who tells us about the awesome, Guiness World Record holding, Mother’s Day Truck Convoy event. But before that, I talk about a few articles I saw involving California emissions, a new Hours-of-Service bill, and a horrible truck crash. 

I also point you to a cool gift for a trucker. I also have a nice, long chat with Dave Meltzer, a Principal at one of our sponsors, East Insurance Group. Believe it or not, we have a non-boring chat about truck insurance. And in Trucker Grub, Driverchrismc is back with another excellent restaurant.

In the feedback section, Aaron and Greg have comments about C.R. England, while Jeff, Steven, Trucker Bob, and @thebesttruckeralive (yes, really) want to talk about reserved paid truck parking.

Check out new Trucker Dump merchandise at TeePublic.com, including tee shirts, hoodies, mugs, stickers, tote bags, and even kid’s clothes!

This episode of Trucker Dump is sponsored by:

  • Citadel Fleet Safety– Call (800)269-5905 or click the link for a special discount for Trucker Dump listeners. Click on [Customer Login] in the upper-right corner, click on the Trucker Dump logo, and use password: truckerdump.
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Links mentioned in the podcast:

John H. Martin Company makes Unique Awards and Gifts for Truckers

Trucker Sentenced to 55 Years For Crash That Killed Six from TruckersReport.com

CARB To Update Its Emissions Requirements from TruckersReport.com

New HOS Bill Would Give Drivers A ‘Pause’ Button from TruckersReport.com
East Insurance Group contacts:
David Meltzer 443-255-0697 david@eastinsurancegroup.com
Mike Sydell 443-629-4111 mike@eastinsurancegroup.com
Driverchrismc contributes to Trucker Grub again by suggesting Max’s Thunder Road Grill in Grand Island, NE. Please send in an audio submission with your favorite trucker-accessible restaurant to TruckerDump@gmail.com.

Donate to the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy

Find out more information about the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy

Make-A-Wish for Philadelphia, Delaware, & Susquehanna Valley

Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy 2016 video

Video of Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware, Susquehanna Valley fulfilling their 6000th wish! Very touching.

Links in the Feedback section:

TD93: The Driver’s Seat Phenomenon

TD124: The Overweight Axle Debacle

TD125: Reserved Truck Parking: Convenience Or Exploitation?

5 Top Issues In Commercial Driving by Connor Smith of the Big Rig Banter podcast

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About the Author
I'm a 22-year truck driver with an interest in tech stuff. I do the Trucker Dump podcast and blog, which is all about life as a trucker. I have also written two trucking books, "Trucking Life" and "How to Find a Great Truck Driving Job."

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