At UPS, we are known for our iconic drivers. UPS customers have come to count on them for 105 years. They’re trusted, familiar faces in neighborhoods and businesses across the globe. But our drivers are more than helpful and friendly—they’re also very safe.
UPS has just recognized this year’s class of elite drivers—1,283 strong—for their induction into the prestigious Circle of Honor. The group, in a class by themselves, has achieved at least 25 years of driving without an auto crash. The UPS Circle of Honor continues to reach record heights, totaling 6,486 drivers.
You can recognize a Circle of Honor driver by the patch displayed on their uniform sleeve. It signifies the milestone achievement of these professional drivers and it grows in increments of five. Tom Camp, a package car driver from Livonia, Michigan, is UPS’s all-time leading safe driver with 50 years and two months of safe driving. He recently passed Ron “Big Dog” Sowder, a UPS tractor-trailer driver from West Carrolton, Ohio, who recently retired. Both have the distinction of wearing the “50″ patch, signifying their achievement of 50 years safe driving.
UPS’s 102,000 drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles per year with less than one accident per million miles driven.
How do they do it? Through rigorous training and keeping their full attention on the road at all times. On average, UPS drivers undergo 40 hours of training before they hit the road in our brown package cars or tractor-trailers.
Here are a few tips you can follow to stay safe on the road:
- Always pay attention to changing road conditions and adjust your speed accordingly.
- Avoid distractions in your car – this includes mobile phones and food.
- Pay attention to other drivers on the road and keep a safe distance.
- If roads are slippery, use smooth starts and stops.
- Brake early to avoid “heavy braking” (and sliding) when stopping.
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