Douglas Brittenham: 3 Million Safe Miles

Werner professional driver Douglas Brittenham may be better known as Red by most, but his skill and patience throughout the last 26 years have lent him great success with another color – Werner blue.

Brittenham, who received the 3 million mile safe driving award at the March 11 First Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony, is an integral part of Werner’s success with customers – from his safe driving to his courteous interactions.

When asked to comment on his achievement, Brittenham said it wasn’t really a goal he set for himself.

“I just drive, getting from point A to point B without a wreck,” he said. “Pay attention, it’s that simple. Pay attention to the details.”

A native of North Platte, Neb., Brittenham enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He is an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast and plans to ride his motorcycle to visit family in Maine this summer.

Stephen Rippey: 2 Million Safe Miles

Goals have always been important to professional driver Stephen Rippey. After earning his first driver of the month award, the self-proclaimed perfectionist was hooked and knew he could push himself further. Case in point – he earned the 2 million safe driving miles award at the Sept. 20 Third Quarter Associate Recognition Ceremony.

“This has been quite a long journey,” Rippey said. “All I can say at this point is I’m glad I’ve got a couple of days off, because my head’s so big I won’t be able to get in the truck anyway.”

Rippey has driven a truck for 23 years, the last 16 of which have been with Werner. His tip for safe driving is simple: “Limit distractions and pre-trip your equipment. Your life and the lives of those around you depend on it.”

When not on the road, Rippey, who resides in Bellevue, Neb., enjoys spending time with his son, daughter and six grandchildren.

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