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Saluting drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 16, 2013

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week! It’s a time to see beyond the anonymous head in the cab window you spot multiple times a day during your drive to work. It’s a time to appreciate the great effort and care that these warriors put into their jobs both on and off the road.

A truck driver plays an integral part of your day. Whether you are picking up a gallon of milk from the local grocery store or ordering a pair of shoes online, a truck driver helped put that item in your hands.

The number one priority, of course, has to be safety. Ask any driver or owner of a transportation business and they will confirm that safety trumps all other concerns. And it’s amazing to learn of the incredible safety records of those on the road every day, which provides comfort knowing that all of our loved ones are on the road every single day.

FedEx Ground independent contractor Triple EEE, Inc. out of Portland, Ore., has been accident-free for seven years. How does business-owner Eric Ehrler do it? He ensures his vehicles are in good working order, puts his drivers through a detailed training program, stresses the proper use of mirrors and the backing camera and rewards employees with bonuses for safe driving.

Rick Umphries, a Collierville, Tenn., transportation business owner, employs seven people and owns five tractors to haul trailers for FedEx Ground. Umphries ensures his company’s drivers learn that safety is personal. He tells them to see people in other vehicles on the road as their mother, grandmother, son or daughter. These overtures have paid off: one of his drivers participated in the National Truck Driving Championships—also known as “the Super Bowl of Safety”—in Salt Lake City this year. These truck drivers are true professionals.

So take a moment to think about the incredible achievements of these truck drivers and how they are keeping the roads safe and the goods—as well as the economy—moving.

And, as always, remember to think safety, act safely, be safe.

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