New Penn professional driver Don (Donnie) Wagner reached a remarkable career milestone last October, driving three million consecutive miles without a single preventable accident. Not only is this an incredible accomplishment for Donnie, but for our company as well, since he is the only active New Penn driver to have done so.
Three million is a staggering number. To put it into perspective, three million miles is the equivalent of driving from the earth to the moon and back twelve times. It is equal to driving across the United States, coast to coast, more than 1,000 times. Now, imagine traveling all that time and distance without an accident. Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation indicates it would take the average American driver more than 220 years to log three million miles, and he or she would be involved in more than 13 accidents. But, like so many New Penn drivers, Donnie is not average.
“Donnie is the consummate professional driver. He is always mentally and physically well-prepared to perform his job. He comes to work every day with a great attitude. He takes pride in doing his best every day but is not boastful about his accomplishments. He is truly concerned for his safety and the well-being of the people he shares the road with,” explains Greg Gettle, Donnie’s Terminal Manager.
Donnie has been on the road for 37 years. He has spent the last 31 of those years riving for New Penn out of the Reading, Pennsylvania service center as a linehaul driver, logging approximately 2,500 miles per week. With three million miles at New Penn under his belt, Donnie has no intention of stopping any time soon. He’s already looking forward to hitting the next milestone—four million consecutive, accident-free miles. At this rate, Donnie should reach that unprecedented goal in a little over seven years.
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