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Save It For A Rainy Day
Building A Reserve Fund For Unexpected Expenses
By Tom Kelley
Many of the top financial advisers have made their own fortune by telling people to do one simple thing, “Pay yourself first.” Usually, this means taking a small, but consistent, amount off the top of your earnings and putting it into savings or a retirement plan. For those who own and operate a commercial truck, there’s a parallel bit of advice that says, “Pay your truck first.”
While your truck payment should be pretty high on the list, that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about taking some money right off the top of your gross receipts and putting it aside for maintenance and repairs. The necessary amount varies depending on the type of work you’re in and the age of the truck, but somewhere between 5% and 15% will usually do the trick.
If you accumulate this money starting on day one of your trucking operation, and resist the temptation to use it for anything other than the truck, you’ll have the money sitting in the bank to pay for that new axle or engine overhaul when the unexpected repair job inevitably comes up. Another benefit of operating with a cash reserve is the ability to not only take advantage of sale prices on parts, tires, or components, but also negotiate a discount for a cash sale (as opposed to credit card or open account purchases).
You may not need 8 new drive tires right now, but when the local tire dealer has an oversupply of your favorite brand and he’s running just a bit tight on his own cashflow, you’d be surprised at how big a discount you might be able to negotiate. The same goes for filters, oil, gear lube and other consumables related to operating a truck.
Having a well-funded maintenance reserve account will allow you to take advantage of quantity discounts or special sales that may not always correspond with the timing of the truck’s immediate maintenance needs.
The alternative to having a maintenance reserve account is having to borrow money to make a repair, and being at the mercy of market pricing when it comes time to buy the materials for that oil change that absolutely has to be done this weekend.
Which would you rather do, pay interest to the bank for a repair loan, or have the bank pay you interest on your reserve account? This is not to say that you need to keep your reserve in a totally separate bank account, just that you treat it as if it were. Another benefit of maintaining this sort of reserve is that the money may count toward minimum/average balance requirements for no-fee checking or other premium services at your bank.
Just about anything that involves a recurring lump-sum expenditure should be planned for by putting away money for it on a consistent basis. It’s better to put away $50 per month toward your Highway use Tax than to try and come up with it all at once. Does your truck insurer require more than the normal monthly payment amount up-front every year at renewal time?
Similarly, there are any number of things for which you should be building a personal reserve account. If you were hospitalized tomorrow, could you cover the deductible? Do you have enough money put away to cover three months worth of personal expenses such as house or car payments, utility bills or food?
The bottom line is that while you’re building up all of these reserves, you might not be able to afford very many non-essential or impulse purchases, BUT, when an unplanned repair or household emergency does come up, you’ll be able to handle the cost of it with little or no difficulty.
TCA/Randall-Reilly Name Top Contenders for Driver of the Year Competition
Alexandria, Virginia – Six professional truck drivers have made the cut as the top contenders in the 2012 Driver of the Year competition, sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information Company (Randall-Reilly).
Albert Carter of Melton Truck Lines, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Daniel Poorman of Gordon Trucking, Inc., Pacific, Washington; and Danny Smith of Big G Express, Inc., Shelbyville, Tennessee, will compete for the Company Driver of the Year title.
For the Owner Operator contest, the contenders are Bradley Chapdelaine, who is leased to Dart Transit Co., of Eagan, Minnesota; Jimmy McSwain, who is leased to Sunco Carriers, Inc., of Lakeland, Florida; and Robert Stewart, who is leased to Interstate Distributor Co., of Tacoma, Washington.
In a sad turn of events, TCA has learned that Mr. McSwain passed away unexpectedly last week. He is still being considered as a finalist for the grand prize. Whether he wins or not, plans are being made to recognize him appropriately during the contest-related activities, which will take place during TCA’s Annual Convention, March 3-6, 2013, at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“My condolences go out to Mr. McSwain’s family and friends,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president. “He was a 20-year veteran driver with more than 3.5 million miles of safe driving under his belt. Very few can claim such impressive credentials, and I sincerely wish we could honor him in person for his achievement.”
Brad Holthaus, Randall-Reilly’s vice president, sales, Truck Media Group, said that all of the driver finalists, including McSwain, have had outstanding careers. “When we talk about safe drivers who are role models for the trucking industry, these six contest finalists are at the top of the list. It is a privilege for Randall-Reilly to partner with TCA to recognize these individuals, who have certainly earned their day in the spotlight.”
The overall goal of the Driver of the Year competition is to recognize and pay tribute to the outstanding company and owner operator truck drivers who provide reliable and safe truck transportation in moving the nation’s goods. The top three in each category are selected based on their ability to operate in a safe manner on the public highways, efforts to enhance the public image of the trucking industry, and positive contributions to the communities in which they live.
How Do You Handle Pressure?
By Gary Serago
Gen. 39:10 – She kept putting pressure on him day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. (NLT Bible)
There are a lot of different types of pressures we can find ourselves in everyday. In our text today, Joseph, who was a slave in Egypt, found himself in the sexual temptation pressure cooker. He was a handsome young man and his boss’ wife wanted to have a sexual relationship with him, but Joseph would not be seduced. There is no doubt when you find yourself facing sexual temptation pressure you need to have a plan to get out of it.
So how do you handle pressure? Joseph’s way of handling it was to avoid this woman and the situation as best as possible. One day when he wasn’t able to avoid her and she grabbed him, he ran. He did exactly what the apostle Paul says to do in I Corin. 6:18, “Flee from sexual immorality.”
Tony La Russa, who has won 3 World Series (1 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the St. Louis Cardinals), gave a locker room speech that goes something like this: Pressure comes when someone calls upon you to do a task for which you are not prepared. If you have to take an important test and haven’t studied, you feel pressure grind as you trudge off to class. However, if you have cracked your books, you are disappointed when you learn the professor has cancelled the exam.
The key to staying pressure free is being prepared for the situation that you are about to face. It is evident that Joseph had been prepared to say No to sexual immorality and this is exactly what he did.
What situations are you finding yourself in on a daily or weekly basis that keeps putting pressure on you? I agree with Tony that pressure comes when you are unprepared. So prepare yourself to overcome any and all pressure situations. What task is God trying to prepare you for today? What is causing some pressure in your life? Is God allowing these situations to come your way so that you will prepare yourself to meet them? There is no greater feeling than when you have prepared yourself for a victory and then won.
The word “prepare” is used 95 times in the Bible. In John 14:2-3 Jesus says, He was going to prepare a place for us. If Jesus were going to prepare a place for us then the least we can do is be prepared to go and be with Him. Did you hear that God wants to meet you? God has prepared a place for the two of you to meet. Don’t miss out on meeting the One who has created you.
As Rooster Cogburn said to Ned Pepper and his men in True Grit, “Be prepared to meet your Maker.”
I hope you are preparing yourself to meet your Maker.
Think on this:
No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.
Comdata Corporation, a leader in payment innovation, announces the continued expansion of its cardless fuel solution. These transactions can now process through its Smart Solutions point-of-sale (POS) platform.
The Davis Travel Center in Stony Creek, Va. is processing cardless transactions and was the first to do so using Comdata’s Smart Solutions. This location is one of two Davis Travel Center sites to implement the SmartQ cardless fueling technology with the Smart Solutions POS. Smart Solutions is a consolidated POS platform designed to manage all profit centers. With this new capability, it also provides a way for convenience store and truck stop locations to easily offer cardless fueling to support their fleet customers.
The Comdata cardless solution, which began processing live transactions in August, automates the fueling process and data entry requirements with the use of a cost-effective RFID tag. This benefits both the fleet and the merchant by reducing the risk of fraudulent transactions, automatically shutting off the pump when the truck pulls away. In addition to the network of independent merchants that are installing the SmartQ cardless fueling technology, Love’s Travel Stops is near completion of enabling more than 235 travel stops to accept cardless transactions. Travel Centers of America (TA) is also in the process of equipping their locations to accept cardless transactions.
“Comdata strives to continually bring innovation to the transportation industry,” said Steve Stevenson, president of Comdata. “This expansion in our cardless fueling capabilities is the next step in delivering solutions that can make the fuel transaction easier, faster and more secure for both merchants and fleets.”
About Comdata Corporation
Comdata Corporation is a leading business-to-business provider of innovative electronic payment solutions. As an issuer and a processor, the company provides fleet, corporate payment, virtual card, and prepaid solutions to over 25,000 customers, enabling more than $31 billion in transactions annually. Comdata captures and reports detailed transaction data, giving customers unprecedented control over their expenses. In 2012, Comdata joined forces with Stored Value Solutions (SVS) to offer an expanded suite of prepaid gift card and loyalty solutions. Annually, the combined company enables $42 billion in payments volume and produces 580 million cards. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee with more than 1,200 employees in the United States and Canada, Comdata and SVS are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Ceridian Corporation. www.comdata.com
Have You Helped Sharpen Anyone Lately?
Prov. 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend. (NLT Bible)
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (NIV Bible)
Above I have listed the same verse from the book of Proverbs from two different versions. Let me ask you two questions:
1. Have you helped sharpen anyone lately?
2. Has anyone helped sharpen you lately?
I read this story about Coach Lou Holtz who coached Jerome Bettis at the University of Notre Dame. Bettis had been drafted and was now playing in the NFL. Lou happened to be watching an NFL game Jerome was playing in and in Lou’s estimation Jerome was not giving it his best. So Lou called Jerome on the phone and left this message on his answering machine. “Jerome, I would like you to know that there is some idiot wearing a jersey with your name and number on it. This pretense is damaging your reputation. This guy is not picking up linebackers, is not running hard enough, and is not competing with enthusiasm, so I know it’s not you, because you have never played like that. I just thought I ought to let you know that this idiot is doing this. See if you can’t put a stop to it, because he is giving you a bad name.” Then coach Holtz hung up the phone.
My questions to you are these: Was Coach Holtz a friend or not? Was he trying to sharpen Jerome? I believe he was. I wonder what the message would be if an angel could call us and leave us a voice message? “Serago, there is some idiot wearing your cloak of righteousness, I know it isn’t you. You have never lived like that since you were converted. So find out who it is and get your cloak off of him. Hurry, he is damaging your reputation.”
I can remember when I was a young boy going to the meat store and watching the butcher take his knife and very skillfully sharpening it on a hone. I had an uncle who was a barber and I saw him many times take his razor and go back and forth on a thick black strap and sharpen it. The hone and the strap sacrifice themselves to make the knives and razors very sharp.
So who is your close friend that sacrifices him or her self so that you can be sharp? Now that is a real friend. I think Lou was a close friend to Jerome.
Who is the person in your life when he/she says something to you even if you don’t like what has just been said you know they have said it with love in their heart for you?
I hope by now you have a picture of that person in your mind and that you will say a prayer for him or her. Ask God to bless their lives the way they have blessed yours.
On the other hand what friends are sharpened by you? Who do you give advice to that is blessed because you are their friend?
Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (NKJV). A friend will say the hard things to you and you will say the hard things to your friends. We don’t take any delight in saying the hard things we just want the best for the one we call our friend.
Now get out there and sharpen someone today.
Spoon Feed ‘em
By Don Kirk
Not many of us in the trucking business were born with a silver spoon in our mouths, but this does not mean we cannot have fun turning the tables on fish every now and then. The original artificial fishing lure (the so-called “spoon”) was actually aptly named by its inventor, James Buell of Whitehouse, New York. As the story goes, when Buell was a boy fishing at a local lake, he accidently dropped a silver spoon off the side of his rowboat. To his astonishment, right before his eyes, a large fish appeared from the depths to wolf down the spoon. Shortly thereafter he began attaching hooks to spoons that he trolled to catch loads of big trout and pike.
It was from this genesis that a large family of modern spoons grew over the past 150 years. While it is safe to say that spoon fishing is only mildly as popular as it once was, in some places for certain species of fish, the reliable old spoons of old are still the hands-down favorites. Spoons for saltwater fishing can be as long as your hand and heavy enough to cast through the windshield of truck, or they can be as small as the joint of a finger and be so light as to tumble in the wind like a fallen leaf.
Highly versatile, spoons in the 2-to-4 inch range are good sized chunks of metal that you can cast for a half mile, and fish to the very bottom of a river or lake. Anyone who has ever gone to Alaska or Canada fishing for pike, trout or musky carries a supply of these in bright colors such as orange, red, silver, chartreuse, copper, and yellow. Cast or trolled along fast enough to keep them off of the bottom, the alluring flash of a big spoon is the undoing of many a big pike every day of the summer.
Spoons are also quite deadly on fresh and saltwater fish when merely jigged along the bottom. Vertical jigging, as it is called, is the lazy practice of just lifting and dropping a shiny spoon a foot or two at a depth where you suspect fish to be holding. You can almost fall asleep doing this, that is, until a big fish aggressively slams your spoon.
So-called ultra-light spoons have long standing reputations for taking panfish such as crappie and white bass from lakes. Scaled down and lighter in construction and material, ultra-light spoons draw strikes by their seductive wobble that glints reflected light to mimic a shad or alive minnow. These spoons are also popular on rivers for smallmouth bass and trout. Indeed, few lures are more versatile than is a metal spoon.
Trolling is the number one fishing technique employed by anglers using spoons. Casting spoons and fishing them much the same as you would a crankbait is also effective at the many lakes of Alaska and Canada. In rivers and streams, spoons are most effective when they are cast upstream into the current and then retrieved across the current, making sure you explore the deepest runs. This is not a method of fishing for the timid. Strikes on spoons in rivers and streams are swift and determined. If the fish is big enough, it can take your rod from your hands as it hits a spoon on the run.
The ability to reflect light as efficiently as possible is one of the keys to getting the most of a spoon. When in the North Country where I know that most of my fishing will be done with spoons, I carry along a little squirt bottle of metal polish. If I can not see my spoon sparkled in the sun light, I give it a couple of quick rubs to restore its original luster.
For more articles and information designed for the professional driver who loves to hunt and fish, visit Don Kirk’s web site at www.southerntrout.com. He is also on the Interstate Sportsman show on Sirius/XM Open Road channel 106 each morning at 8:00am ET.
Up In Smoke
Engine Idling Sends Profits Out The Exhaust Stack
By Tom Kelley
Although the handwriting had been on the wall for several years, that handwriting is increasingly being replaced by permanent signs spelling out local or regional anti-idling laws. Yes, sometimes it is necessary to idle, but that is being made more troublesome every day by drivers who idle needlessly. While alternatives to idling might have been limited to some pretty odd contraptions just a few years ago, today there are dozens, if not hundreds, of perfectly viable alternatives to fit the needs of virtually every trucking application.
Most new trucks can be factory pre-wired for shore power, and several sleeper HVAC systems are available as both a factory option or a retrofit. Even auxiliary power units have made their way onto some factory option lists. Additionally, in a few high-traffic corridors, off-board HVAC is available along with several added telecom features.
All too often, truck buyers fail to spec idle reduction equipment, and too few carriers provide sufficient incentives for drivers to reduce or eliminate unnecessary idling.
Most owner operators have enough of an eye on the bottom line to keep their idling to a minimum, but many drivers see idling, even when unnecessary, as an inalienable right. They’ll tell you all about sub-zero nights in New England or 100-degree-plus days in the deserts of the Southwest, even if they’ve never experienced either. Nobody inside the industry is suggesting that a driver freeze or boil to reduce idling, but it’s long past the time to insist on common sense when it comes to idling.
Not only should fleets spec the appropriate idling reduction products, but it’s also time for those on the road to stop idling where it simply isn’t necessary. If you don’t run the heat or AC at home when it’s between 55 and 75 degrees, why use a 400HP engine solely to heat or cool your cab in those same conditions?
Even in traditional “tobacco” states, most folks wouldn’t think about lighting up without asking if it’s okay with those around them. So why would anyone assume that their fellow truckers at the rest area or truckstop would want to be treated to an unhealthy dose of unnecessary exhaust fumes? It’s a basic rule of nature to not “dump” where you sleep, so please think before you idle.
Harris Trucking Company and R&M Transportation Improve Safety, Compliance and Customer Service with Qualcomm’s Mobile Computing Platform 50
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) recently announced that its Qualcomm Enterprise Services (QES) division have deployed Qualcomm’s Mobile Computing Platform 50 (MCP50) with Harris Trucking Company and R&M Transportation. The MCP50 delivers industry-leading applications at a cost-effective price point, which has allowed Harris Trucking and R&M Transportation to further improve fleet management, safety and compliance, while increasing driver productivity and customer service which ultimately reduces operational costs.
Based in Madison Heights, Va., Harris Trucking Co. specializes in hauling goods for Fortune 500 companies. As one of the leading family-owned trucking companies on the East Coast, Harris Trucking operates 150 tractors and 450 trailers. A longtime user of Qualcomm mobile fleet management technology, Harris recently replaced its legacy OmniTRACS® in-cab systems with the MCP50 to take advantage of a more robust suite of applications to help manage compliance with changing regulations, mitigate rising costs and address other challenges.
“Since using an EOBR solution to manage log compliance will be mandatory in the near future, Qualcomm’s MCP50 helps us gain a competitive edge and take a more proactive approach to fleet management with access to advanced mobile applications in an intuitive, easy-to-use system,” said Jed Duggan, vice president and general manager of Harris Trucking Company. “Our drivers took to the MCP50 like fish to water, providing real-time visibility into critical, accurately recorded information to help us address any areas of concerns or violations immediately.”
Based in Omaha, Neb., R&M Transportation, a division of Roadrunner Transportation Systems, hauls refrigerated freight—particularly meat products—from the Midwest to the West Coast, and needed a comprehensive mobile fleet management solution that could help improve driver safety, productivity and satisfaction, while ensuring customers had instant access to freight tracking information. Comprised of 175 vehicles with an average haul length of 550 miles per day, or 2,800 miles per week, R&M Transportation was drawn to MCP50’s compact design and reasonable cost.
“Most of our larger customers want up-to-the-hour information on a load, so they can rest assured that their loads are delivered on time,” said Michelle Leist, director of safety at R&M Transportation. “Qualcomm’s MCP50 brings us peace of mind with real-time monitoring, which can help improve customers’ satisfaction. We’re able to simultaneously increase driver safety and productivity, reducing out-of-route miles by four percent and road citations by 100 percent, while increasing fuel efficiency by more than 10 percent. We also significantly improved our CSA score and reduced time spent at roadside inspections by over two hours per driver per month.”
Both Harris Trucking and R&M Transportation adopted numerous applications on the MCP50, including CoPilot® Truck™ In-Cab Navigation optimized by Qualcomm, Critical Event Reporting, Performance Monitoring, Qualcomm Hours of Service (QHOS) and Vehicle Inspection Report. With QHOS, the fleet can record driving time to the minute, helping reduce hours of service violations and log errors, while increasing driver productivity and satisfaction. The fleets further decreased their out-of-route miles with ALK Technologies’ CoPilot Truck In-Cab Navigation application and Performance Monitoring helped to reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
“Fleets continue to face increasing industry demands and regulations that add another layer of complexity to effective fleet management,” said Norm Ellis, vice president of sales, services and marketing for Qualcomm Enterprise Services. “As such, fleets need access to the latest mobile technology at an attractive price point. The MCP50 meets this need, making it easier for more fleets to deploy our industry-leading systems.”
The MCP50 is currently available for $799 through local dealers and resellers that are part of the Pana-Pacific distribution network or directly from Qualcomm Enterprise Services. There are six different application pricing plans—starting at $19.95 per month. Please find additional details regarding Harris Trucking and R&M Transportation’s MCP50 deployment and benefits experienced by the fleets at http://transportation.qualcomm.com/mcp50.
Professional Truck Driver Helps Flustered Motorist
When no one else will stop, it is often a professional truck driver who saves the day. The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) honors these individuals as Highway Angels, and the latest one is Marvin Garvey of Hampstead, N.C. Garvey, who drives for Epes Transport System, Inc., of Greensboro, N.C., is being recognized for the compassion he showed to a stranded motorist.
On August 19, 2012, in the late morning, Garvey was driving along I-85/I-40 near Greensboro, N.C., on his way to make a delivery. Traffic was very heavy, and up ahead, he heard horns honking and saw vehicles maneuvering around something. It turned out to be a woman whose car engine had stalled and would not turn back on. The woman was quite upset – in tears because she was stuck in the middle of heavy traffic with horns blaring at her. No one was stopping to help.
After passing her, Garvey pulled over, walked back to the scene, and pushed the woman’s vehicle onto the shoulder. He then calmed her down, telling her which way she was headed, where the closest exit was, and other pertinent information. At one point, he even walked back to his truck to check the GPS, wanting to be certain he had provided the correct details. He stayed with the woman until she managed to reach her brother on a cell phone.
The next day, the woman wrote a letter to Epes Transport praising Garvey for his assistance during her stressful ordeal. “He was really like an angel,” she said. “He could have possibly saved my life. Who knows how long it would have taken for someone to run right into me? I offered to pay him for his trouble, but he politely refused. He was a gentleman who went out of his way to help me. It is a rare thing in this day and time for someone to get involved.”
Garvey, who retired from the U.S. Army two years ago after a 20-year career, says that helping people is the “military thing to do.”
“I can’t believe how cold-hearted some people are,” he said, referring to the many motorists who saw what happened but kept on driving. “She was clearly frustrated. I just couldn’t leave her stranded in that danger zone.”
For his efforts to help the woman, Garvey has received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch. Epes Transport System also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.
The Highway Angel program is sponsored for TCA by Internet Truckstop. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job. TCA has received letters and e-mails from people across North America nominating truck drivers for the program.
American Trucking Associations Announce Finalists for 2013-2014 America’s Road Team
American Trucking Associations today named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists in the selection process to become Captains on the 2013-2014 America’s Road Team. America’s Road Team, a group of professional truck drivers with superior safety records, was created in 1986 to represent the trucking industry and is sponsored by Volvo Trucks.
The 32 professional truck drivers now move on to the final round of the selection process, which will be held January 6-8, 2013 in Arlington, Va. A panel of industry officials and trucking news media will judge the contestants on their knowledge of the trucking industry, dedication to safety, ability to communicate the industry’s messages and overall safe driving record.
The newly chosen 2013-2014 America’s Road Team will be announced on January 9th. New Captains, after receiving their signature, navy blue America’s Road Team blazer, will begin their two year term working to share the industry’s message of safety, essentially and sustainability with the motoring public, news media, business and community leaders, public officials and their fellow drivers across the nation.
“America’s Road Team represents the best of the best,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “The 32 professional drivers selected as finalists all have impressive driving records, share a passion for safety and are engaged in their communities. We are honored to have them participate in this prestigious selection process.”
To be nominated to serve as an America’s Road Team Captain, professional truck drivers must be employed or leased to an ATA member company. Each nominee should have an excellent safety record, and should demonstrate an ability to communicate his or her commitment to safety and passion for the industry. Nominees should also portray a positive image of the professional truck driver in all that they do.
2013-2014 America’s Road Team Finalists:
NameCompanyHome City, State
Bigalk, Mark FedEx Ground White Bear Lake, MN
Biggerstaff, Don ABF Freight System, Inc. Maiden, NC
Borman, John, Koch Trucking Lino Lakes, MN
Bramwell, Byron YRC Freight Centerview, MO
Carlson, Ted FedEx Freight Vancouver, WA
Conklin, Donald YRC Freight LaPorta, IN
Dean, Kevin YRC Freight Rockmart, GA
Evans, Herschel Holland, Inc. Bremen, GA
Galbraith, Mick Con-way Freight Knoxville, TN
Hamilton, Paul YRC Freight Sun City, CA
Halford, Jeffrey Con-way Freight Meridian, ID
Hatfield, Loren ABF Freight System, Inc. Maumelle, AR
Kirk, Neil Penske Logistics Middletown, NY
Klang, Stephanie Con-way Truckload Diamond, MO
Lex, John Walmart Transportation Monroe, GA
Logan, Don FedEx Freight Eskridge, KS
McKown, John UPS Freight Mechanicsburg, PA
Miles, Rod Con-way Freight Lauderhill, FL
Miller, Thomas Prime, Inc. Bunkerhill, IL
Miskiewicz, Kevin YRC Freight Royersford, PA
Morrow, Bradley Con-way Freight Fargo, ND
Putnam, Christine Walmart Transportation Hesperia, CA
Savill, Paul UPS Freight Hamilton, OH
Schmeckenbecher, Otto ABF Freight System, Inc. Little Rock, AR
Schutte, James UPS Freight Indianapolis, IN
Starr, James Groendyke Transportation Wichita, KS
Stine, Todd Carbon Express Altoona, PA
Weeks, Clarence “Eddie” AAA Cooper Silver Springs, FL
Weis, Kirk ABF Freight System, Inc. Rio Rancho, NM
Wick, Nathan UPS Freight Isanti, MN
Williams, Dale Trimac Transportation Centerville, AL
Wold, Bryan Con-way Freight Reiles Acres, ND
The America’s Road Team, sponsored by Volvo Trucks, is a national public outreach program led by a small group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway. www.americasroadteam.com.
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