- A driver builds up his own trucking business
- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
Minnesota Driver Wins National Safety Award
Jerry Van Emmerick, of Wheaton, Minn., has been named America’s Safest Truck Driver by The TLC Companies. Van Emmerick, who works for Lake Valley Trucking, Inc., received a $12,500 check during the annual Safety Top Dog program sponsored by The TLC Companies. Van Emmerik drives approximately 125,000 miles per year, and has been driving for Lake Valley Trucking since 1997. He qualified for the national safety award by having a clean driving record, no over-the-road accidents, and no workers’ compensation claims during the program year. He was chosen randomly from a pool of qualified candidates.
On the Calendar
Ryan Danylchurch, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, won the Best of Show top prize of $10,000 at the 26th Annual Shell Rotella Superrigs competition in Walcott, Iowa, in June. Along with the prize money, Danylchurch’s 2001 Peterbilt 379 will be featured in the 2009 Rotella Superrigs calendar.
New Driver for Special Ride
For the second year in a row, Schneider National has been chosen by Freightliner as the official truckload carrier of Ride of Pride. The tractor trailer, which honors U.S. veterans and soldiers, will be driven by Gordon Turnovsky. Turnovsky has been driving for Schneider since 1992 and has been an active member of the U.S. Army for the past 18 years.
Forty Years With A. Duie Pyle
Phil Haag, of West Chester, Pa., and Roger Hannum, of Coatesville, Pa., are both celebrating 40 years with A. Duie Pyle. Hannum was recently recognized as a member of the Two Million Mile Club, having driven two million miles without incident, while Haag is part of the Million Mile Club.
Averitt Honors Drivers
Averitt Express recently honored 14 drivers, each for driving 20 years without incident for the company. Clarence Brooks, of Blountsville, Ala.; Randy Cox, of Burlington, Ky.; Donald Harned, of Hopkinsville, Ky.; Jack Harris, of London, Ky.; Ron Holsclaw, of Gray, Tenn.; John Hopper, of Olive Branch, Miss.; Bennie Johnson, of Livingston, Tenn.; David Kenyon, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kenneth Rogers, of Trenton, Ga.; Al Sauls, of Boaz, Ala.; Cliff Smith, of Guild, Tenn.; John Vinyard, of Gadsden, Ala.; Larry Williams, of Morgantown, Ky.; and Martin Wilson, of Trezevant, Tenn., are all being honored for their impeccable driving records as well as being part of the “Over 20 Team,” for employees with the company 20 or more years.