Accident-free UPS drivers

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Twenty-five elite UPS drivers in Colorado are now part of the company’s worldwide Circle of Honor. The 25 drivers are among 1,613 new inductees to the honorary organization for UPS drivers who have driven 25 or more years without an accident. Across the globe, there are 8,703 active UPS drivers in the Circle of Honor, with a total of 245,000 safe driving years and more than 5.3 billion safe driving miles, the distance of a trip to Mars and back 19 times.

Colorado’s 25 new Circle of Honor drivers are now among 127 active in Colorado, who have a combined total of 3,575 years of accident-free driving. The most senior driver in the state is Stanley McKinster of Denver, who has 37 accident-free driving years. The state has a total of 2,158 UPS drivers.

UPS quotes Kenneth Cherry, president of the UPS Desert Mountain District, about the new Colorado Circle of Honor inductees:

My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved. Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.

Decades Accident-Free

Of all the UPS Circle of Honor drivers on the planet, Thomas Camp, of Livonia, Michigan, is the most senior, with 53 years of accident-free driving. He is followed by Ronald McKnight of Bronx, New York, with 47 years of safe driving. In addition, 66 other UPS Circle of Honor drivers have logged in at least 40 years without an accident.

Among the Colorado drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor are Ronald Abrams, of Windsor, who is based in Greeley; David Baty, of Larkspur, who is based in Colorado Springs; Lynn Buchanan of Denver, based in Englewood; and Michael Gordon, who lives and works in Colorado Springs.

Safe Driving Tips

UPS offers the following tips for safe driving, based on these five safe driving guidelines that its drivers use daily:

  1. Look left, right, and left again before crossing an intersection, and always check your mirrors.
  2. When you are stopped in traffic, always keep a car’s length between you and and vehicle ahead to allow room to pull around a stalled vehicle, or as a cushion if it makes an unexpected turn.
  3. Back off: It is important to leave space between you and the vehicle in front of you, 4 to 6 seconds if you are going up to 30 mph, and 6 to 8 if you are driving over 30 mph.
  4. Stale Green is Mean: If you don’t know when a green light will change as you approach an intersection, visualize the point beyond which you will stop if it turns yellow.
  5. Always check your mirror every 5 to 8 seconds (a quick glance and then back to looking at the road ahead).