Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration Tour Stops in Lakeland and Atlanta

Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration tour stopped at our terminals in Lakeland, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, April 17. The Werner team visited with professional drivers about equipment and terminal improvements, and a free lunch and thank you gift were provided to recognize our drivers for everything they do each day.

View photos of the event here.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration Recap – Laredo, Texas

Marty Nordlund, Werner’s senior executive vice president – Specialized Services, explains the positive driver response to improving terminal facilities and implementing new equipment as Werner continues the Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration journey in Laredo, Texas.

Watch the recap video here.

Join Werner’s Appreciation Event This Friday

Help celebrate Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration!

The tour’s next stop will be Friday, April 10, in Laredo, Texas.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Members of the Werner team will be in attendance to discuss issues important to you. All Werner professional drivers who stop by will receive a free thank-you gift.

Watch for other upcoming events at terminals and Dedicated sites throughout the network through April 29.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration Video Recap – Allentown, Springfield and Indianapolis

John Story, Werner’s senior vice president of Van Network, provides an update on the Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration terminal tour. Professional drivers and executives enjoyed lunch together while discussing topics such as equipment improvements. In addition, a 2 million accident-free mile team was presented with keys to a new truck.

Check out the video.

David Cooke – 3 Million Accident-Free Miles

What do you get when you put the hardworking son of a coal miner behind the wheel of a truck? In Werner’s case, it’s professional driver David Cooke, who was honored with the 3 million accident-free miles award at the March 5 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

With nearly 24 years of Werner experience under his belt, Cooke has helped pave the road for the future of trucking by training more than 300 students.

“There are three things you have to do,” he said. “Be safe, be legal and always communicate.”

Cooke credits his safe driving accomplishment in part to the team that’s supported him throughout his career.

“I am humbled,” he said. “I didn’t do this all by myself. I had a great support system.”

A native of Grayson, Kentucky, Cooke and his wife Bethann have been married for 37 years and have two children. The avid fisherman and hunter enjoys spending time with his family.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration Tour Visits Allentown

A team of Werner executives made a stop at the Allentown terminal Thursday, April 2, to thank drivers for everything they do to keep America moving. View photos of the celebration A team of Werner executives made a stop at the Allentown terminal Thursday, April 2, to thank drivers for everything they do to keep America moving. View photos of the celebration here.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is becoming a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. A distraction occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel or your mind off your primary task of driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
  • Retrieving fallen objects from the floor
  • Smoking

Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign
The first National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign will take place April 10-15, 2015. Research shows that high visibility enforcement works because with many distracted drivers, the fear of a citation and a significant fine outweighs their fear of being injured or killed in a crash.

What Do The Numbers Show
Eleven percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes who were 20 years old and younger reported being distracted at the time of the crash. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have had extended, multi-message text conversations while driving. Drivers ages 30 – 39 years old had the highest proportion of cell phone involvement.

What Can I Do?
Take the pledge today to drive phone-free and turn your cell phone off when you turn your ignition on. If you are a passenger, make sure your driver does the same. Parents, please take the pledge and set a good example for your kids.

Werner Professional Driver Receives 2015 Citizen Driver Award

Werner professional driver Micheal Sheeds of Bandera, Texas, has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Citizen Driver Award. Presented by TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, the award recognizes professional drivers who inspire public respect and admiration for the truck driving profession.

“Micheal is a great example, both personally and professionally, of an outstanding individual who makes a positive impact,” said Derek Leathers, Werner president and chief operating officer. “He is extremely deserving of this honor, and we are proud to have him serve as a representative of our organization.”

Sheeds was recognized for his exemplary citizenship in the driving community, personal and professional leadership, community involvement and dedication to safety. He was honored at a special event at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show held March 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Among other recognition and distinctions, Sheeds will be the guest of honor in San Antonio, Texas, when a Petro truck stop bearing his name will be unveiled. A driver for Werner Enterprises since 1990, Sheeds has driven more than 3 million accident-free miles and trained more than 225 students.

Werner Enterprises Associate Receives ESGR Patriot Award

Werner Enterprises is proud to announce that Andy King, associate director – West/Central and Canada, has been presented with a Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

King was nominated by Kyle Bonnstetter, Van Network customer service project manager and a member of the Nebraska Reserve. The award is presented to individual supervisors and reflects the efforts made to support members of the Guard or Reserve through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

King’s presentation marks the fifth time a member of the Werner Enterprises team has been recognized with the Patriot Award. Other recipients include Dave Aldridge, Kenny Luchetta, John McCord and Chris Polenz.