Lebanon, Pa., February 22, 2019 – (NASDAQ: YRCW) – New Penn professional driver John D. Rogers recently achieved the remarkable feat of surpassing three-million consecutive miles without a single preventable accident.
John Rogers is one of two active New Penn professional drivers to have reached this elite three-million safety milestone in the last two years. New Penn professional driver Donnie Wagner, domiciled in Reading, Pa., achieved the three-million milestone the year before.
To offer some perspective–driving three million miles is equivalent to driving twelve consecutive round trips from the earth to the moon and back OR driving across the United States from coast-to-coast over 1,000 times consecutively–without an accident. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, it would take the typical American driver over 220 years to log that many miles. And unlike Rogers, the average driver would be involved in over 13 accidents.
“We are extremely proud of John’s three-million safe miles without a single preventable accident,” says Howard Moshier, New Penn President. “He is a truly dedicated, skilled professional–concerned for his safety as well as the well-being of everyone he shares the road with. We thank him for his continuous commitment to safety. New Penn remains a regional industry leader, in part, because of experienced, skilled drivers like John.”
Rogers’ professional driving career has spanned almost 35-years. He has been a professional driver for New Penn for 32 of those years. He currently operates as a linehaul driver out of the New Penn Buffalo, New York service center driving through rather challenging weather. His New Penn career began at our Cinnaminson, New Jersey service center, not too far from the highly congested Philadelphia and New York roadways, where he drove about 2,500-2,750 miles per week for over 30-years. Despite the demanding, busy routes and the unique hazards that night-driving presents, he has maintained a sterling safety record.
Rogers explains that his steps toward safety begin long before he starts his pre-trip inspection. “The most important thing is to make sure I get plenty of sleep during the day and be well-rested. A safe driver should always stay alert. The best, most defensive maneuver out there is to always keep an eye on what everyone else is doing. Be aware of the people around you and leave yourself an ‘out.’ Also, after a lifetime spent transporting freight in all shapes and sizes, he is a firm believer in the adage, ‘if you own it, a truck brought it.’”