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What 1,283 of Our Drivers Have Been Doing for the Last 25 Years
Tom Camp

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.

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UPS Drivers Know the Dangers of Distracted Driving: Video
Teens driving

UPS has always viewed distracted driving as a serious issue.  It’s a leading cause of vehicle accidents, especially among teens. Distractions come from a variety of sources:  texting, eating, using phones, adjusting the radio or talking with passengers.

To help combat distracted driving, in 2009 UPS and The UPS Foundation developed UPS Road Code, a four-session safe-driving program for teens that teaches the consequences of hazardous and distracted driving. The program leverages UPS’s safety methods and strong safety record.

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UPS Drivers Deliver Record for Safe Driving
UPS Package Car

UPS again set a new record for the latest class of amazing drivers who have gone 25 years without an accident – 1,235.  This year’s additions bring the total number of active Circle of Honor drivers to 5,842.  These drivers have collectively driven more than 5.3 billion miles without an accident.

And the safest driver of them all is Ron “Big Dog” Sowder from Springboro, Ohio, who recently celebrated 50 years of safe driving.  That makes Ron the safest driver in UPS history.  Ron has been driving safely longer than many people have been alive.  And speaking of being alive, there’s no telling how many lives he has saved by steering clear of accidents for so many years and so many miles.  Ron has amassed more than 4 million miles without so much as a scratch.

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American Trucker Rides with the Big Dog

“Hey, that driver has a beard! What’s with that?” 

I can’t tell you how many times that question was asked when Robb Mariani, the bearded host of American Trucker, put on some browns to ride with UPS’s own safety champ Ron “Big Dog” Sowder. Though you will never see a real UPS driver with a beard, we decided to give Robb a pass on the facial hair. 

Robb and his crew were featuring UPS operations on the Speed Channel show that travels the globe featuring big trucks and the people who drive them. Robb is a real fan of trucks and truckers and his enthusiasm was obvious as he and his crew filmed at Chicago CACH, Cincinnati and Louisville Worldport operations.

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UPSers at Daytona: The Fabulous 50 at the 500

Getting to tag along with a group of 50 fabulous UPSers and their guests who traveled from around the country to attend the 2011 Daytona 500, compliments of UPS, was as much of a thrill for me as attending the race itself.    

Above and beyond the opportunity to meet UPS NASCAR No. 6 Driver David Ragan on race day, I had the chance to get to know employees like New Jersey District’s Bob Hook, a 31-year safe tractor-trailer driver who was charged with delivering the green flag that was waived to begin the “Great American Race.” 

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Safe Driving Is No Accident – UPS Drivers in Puerto Rico are Honored
UPS drivers in Puerto Rico

Edward Bonilla and Roberto Rosario

Every day many of us get into our vehicles and drive to and from work, run errands and visit family and friends. If you are like me, driving is just like any other routine. We know, but do not often think about the many distractions that can take our focus away from being safe while driving. We forget that there are other drivers out there who do get distracted and could be a danger to us. 

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Calling Out “Good Stuff”

UPS feeder truckEvery year, UPS is proud to announce the new “class” of Circle of Honor inductees – drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years. The company goes to great lengths to alert local journalists of each local driver’s incredible accomplishments.

This year, 48 separate press releases were sent to thousands of local reporters across the United States and abroad. We take pride in our safety training. And we take pride in honoring our people for their accomplishments.

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The Best of the Best

Yesterday, UPS recognized its safest drivers by inducting 1,122 driving professionals into the company’s Circle of Honor. The new Circle of Honor represents the senior safe drivers in the organization who have gone at least 25 years without an accident. The group has a total of 5,248 active members.

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UPS Circle of Honor: Look for the Patch

UPS Circle of Honor logoAt UPS, one of the things we’re known for is our drivers. UPS customers have come to count on them for more than 100 years. They’re trusted, familiar faces in neighborhoods and offices. But UPS drivers are more than helpful and friendly – they’re also very safe. Today, UPS honors 5,248 of its safest drivers who’ve achieved 25 years or more of accident-free driving. These drivers are part of an elite group known as the Circle of Honor. And you can recognize a Circle of Honor driver by the patch displayed on his or her uniform sleeve.

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Above Average? Isn’t Almost Everyone?

Can you imagine driving 70 years without an accident? No fender benders, no mailbox topplings, no intersection collisions, no icy slides into ditches, no distracted driving. No accidents at all. Not one. Ever.

The other day, two UPS drivers—Rudy Morgan and Randall Mastin—both from Virginia, retired. Between them, they had driven professionally, day in and day out, for more than 70 years without an accident. If driving safely could make you rich and famous, these two guys would be rock stars. 

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