Industry Honors Its Million Mile Membersby Jana Ritter - Published: 5/10/2013
USA Truck welcomed 13 new members into the President's Million Mile Club and honored six existing members reaching new safe driving milestone levels during a luncheon May 4 at the Fort Smith (AR) Convention Center.
The President's Million Mile Club is reserved for USA Truck driver team members who have logged 1 million or more collision-free miles. Membership currently totals 105 -- 82 Bronze Level (1 million), 21 Silver Level (2 million), 1 Gold Level (3 million) and 1 Platinum Level. The new inductees are: Edward Mundy, Paul Thacker, Ivan Carpenter, Johnny Triplette, Dwayne Lytle, Glen Hays, Robert Fowler, James Rader, Larry Moore, Mark Booze, Jason Teafatiller, Jared Singletary and Kendrick Washington.
USA Truck President and CEO John Simone delivered the keynote address and Joe Palmer, Director of Fleet Operations, served as master of ceremonies for the luncheon and awards program. A host of existing Million Mile Club members also were on hand, continuing a tradition of supporting and welcoming new inductees. Simone credited the group with helping USA Truck make great strides in such a short time and he cited examples to put the accomplishment into perspective, such as equating 1 million miles to 333 trips across the United States.
"Safety is one of our Core Values at USA Truck, and you are the safest drivers in our company," he said. "How many people can say they've driven a half-million or more miles without a preventable collision? When you think about all the miles you run and all the challenges you face day in and day out as professional truck drivers, your outstanding safety records are even more impressive."
Meanwhile, Con-way Freight's Franklin Service Center has also paid tribute to four of their drivers that have reached the 2-million miles achievement. To put that amount into behind the wheel perspective, two million miles is equivalent of driving the length of Lambeau Field (300 ft.) more than 35 million times, or driving the length of Wisconsin (6,452 times, or driving around the Earth at the equator (24,901 miles) more than 80 times. Now imagine driving all of that without making any errors - no accidents, no injuries, barely even a scratch on their big rigs.
The 2 million safe milestone is something that very few drivers actually reach and while less than two percent of the company's 13,000 drivers have actually met this milestone, Con-way is still blessed with four truck drivers that have managed to do it – all driving on the company's team.
“You're exposing yourself to a lot of risk, but obviously, they understand our core focus is safety. It's just a great thing,” said Con-way Freight's Director of Operations John McCutheon.
“It shows that you take pride in what you do,” said Con-way truck driver Bill Starich.