Werner Cares: My Driver Training Experience

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By: Brandon A.

As a recently honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran and new truck driving school graduate, I had several concerns about civilian life. In the military, there was a network of people and resources to help me if I needed guidance or support. I never thought that I’d find another employer that would match the same level of commitment, but I was wrong. I found out firsthand how Werner Enterprises really does live up to their motto: Werner Cares.

After picking up a load from a distribution center in Buckeye, Arizona, my trainer Sam M. was driving his shift on our way to El Paso, Texas, to make a drop at a store there. We were 20 minutes into our trip when we heard a loud bang and noticed dust and debris coming from the driver’s side rear trailer tires. Sam calmly took his foot off the accelerator and moved the truck to a safe spot away from potential hazards. As I realized we had a blowout, I wondered how long we were going to be stranded.

Sam used this opportunity to give me an in-depth class on the MCP200 by walking me through the process of sending a request to his fleet manager. Sam notified his fleet manager of the incident and that he would be sending a macro 24, an emergency breakdown request, for approval. Once the request was sent, we received confirmation that the fleet manager approved it and that help was on the way.

While we were waiting for assistance, we set out our emergency equipment and talked about the incident. Sam and I discussed Werner’s policies on breakdowns and went over the Driver’s Handbook. During our wait, the Emergency Roadside Assistance Department let us know that a tech was en route to our location and asked us if we needed further assistance. After replacing the tire, the Petro tire tech gave us some good information about how tires are affected by heat and road conditions. He also took extra time to help me learn from his experiences helping stranded drivers.

From Sam’s lessons, the quick response from Werner and the assistance Petro provided, I came to the conclusion that Werner really does mean it when they say they care. Hopefully, the rest of my training isn’t filled with similar life lessons, but if an incident does arise, I know the Werner team has my back.

Apprenticeship Program Graduates

Congratulations to our March and April Professional Truck Driving Apprenticeship Program graduates: Rebecca Anderson, John Brown, Tyler Childress, Jason Hawkins, Dameon Jackson, Christopher Johnson, Taina Rodriguez and Dustin Simon.

This apprenticeship is available to any driver with less than 24 months experience and who is not a trainer or an owner operator. The program includes 2 years of on-the-job training.

Eligible veterans, veteran spouses and veteran dependents can receive up to $22,555.20 tax-free of their GI Bill education benefits in addition to their normal pay for two years. Applicants do not have to be a veteran to participate in the program. Those who successfully complete the program receive a nationally recognized certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

For more information, please call Werner’s Government Hiring Team at 877.351.7724 or email apprenticeship@werner.com.

Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration 2016

Werner Enterprises hosted a weeklong Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration March 20-26 at its global headquarters and locations nationwide, honoring the commitment and service of all professional drivers who deliver freight safely and efficiently.

“This event is really about something we try to do year-round and that’s to show our professional drivers appreciation for the crucial role these individuals play in supplying goods to our nation,” said President and COO Derek Leathers.

In addition to providing meals and appreciation gifts at all of Werner’s terminals, members of the executive team and associates from Werner’s global headquarters lead discussions about the future of the transportation industry and held question and answer sessions. Of Werner’s 11,750 total associates, more than 9,500 are professional drivers.

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Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration

Randy Kraft, Associate Vice President of Terminal Management, invites associates to participate in Werner’s Driver Appreciation Spring Celebration on March 20-26. Throughout the week, Werner executives will visit terminals nationwide to hold discussions and meet with professional drivers. Stay tuned for additional details about upcoming events throughout the network.

Werner Honors Five 2 Million Mile Accident-Free Drivers

Werner Enterprises recognized five professional drivers for reaching 2 million miles accident free during the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony on March 3.

Angelo Gibson, AVP of Operations, presented Joseph Colburn Jr., Marvin Fielder, Charles Jennings, Ronald Stevenson and John Williams with awards for their accomplishment. Their professionalism and dedication have delivered more than 115 combined years of safe service.

 

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Joseph Colburn Jr. — 2 Million Accident-Free Miles

Professional driver Joseph Colburn Jr. takes the same commitment to safety he practiced in both the Marines and the Navy and applies it when he’s driving for Werner Enterprises.

It’s that commitment to safety that helped him earn the 2 million accident-free miles award at the First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony on March 2.

“It’s important to look at the big picture,” Colburn said. “Check your mirrors, observe your surroundings and leave plenty of space between other vehicles.”

A Werner driver for 22 years, Colburn is a resident of Port Crane, New York. He enjoys building homes, furniture and woodworking.

Meet Werner’s 2016 Road Team

Werner Enterprises is proud to introduce the 2016 Road Team. Road Team captains are safe, experienced drivers who identify improvement opportunities to benefit the driver, customer and office.

With ongoing teamwork and feedback, Road Team captains increase the quality of freight management and enhance on-time service levels.

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Professional Driver Clifford Bosecker Earns Humanitarian Award

On Aug. 1, 2015, Werner professional driver Clifford Bosecker was driving on I‐74 in Indiana when a pickup sped past him and struck another car from behind. The car rolled three times and landed in the ditch, and the pickup left the scene. Clifford instructed his student to call 911 while he stopped to assist the family.

One of the passengers, the daughter, was attempting to climb out of the vehicle, but Clifford helped her lie down to avoid further injury. He assessed the scene for smoke and gas leaks before tending to the two remaining passengers, a father and mother.

One was conscious and strapped in his seat belt upside down, so Clifford carefully removed him and laid him down. The other was conscious outside of the vehicle, so he encouraged her to lie down as well.

Clifford utilized both his first aid training from the Marines and a small medical kit from his truck to provide care until the paramedics arrived. He then provided a clear description of the pickup to local police, who were able to apprehend the suspects a few miles down the road.

For his heroic actions on that day, Bosecker, a Werner driver since 2010, was honored with a Humanitarian Award at the Dec. 8 Fourth Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

“I am humbled by the honor and was just doing what was right,” Bosecker said.