The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) has named Danny Daniels, a Ryder truck driver, as its Driver of the Year, during an awards dinner last week, sponsored by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
TRALA, which is a voluntary, nonprofit national trade association that provides a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry, asks its member leasing companies to nominate their top drivers and just one is selected for this prestigious honor.
TRALA selects the top driver who operates their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety of commercial transportation. Daniels, who drives for the Ryder Dedicated division, has logged more than 2.75 million collision and injury-free miles driving tractor trailers over the past 31 years..
Daniel’s driving career includes receiving the two-million accident-free miles medal from Ryder System. He has also been named driver of the month three times and has received a number of certifications of achievement for his completion of Ryder safety programs.
Ryder Dedicated drivers are responsible for operating equipment, managing unique product handling, running complex routes and meeting rigorous service level requirements. The drivers have a special responsibility when they represent Ryder customers, as they often wear uniforms with Ryder customer logos and drive vehicles emblazoned with customer brands.
Daniels is a man of upstanding moral character and that was the sentiment repeated in the 13 letters of recommendation that were submitted on his behalf. Not only is he a driver, but a state-tested nurse aid that uses those skills to volunteer in the local hospital. Daniels is also actively involved in the community throughout his involvement in Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, and Blankets for Vets.
“Danny epitomizes hard work, dedication, and what it means to be a safe driver,” said John Diez, president of Ryder Dedicated. “He is a shining example of all of the outstanding Ryder drivers who are committed to safety and customer service. We are extremely proud to have Danny on the Ryder Dedicated Team.”