Ryder driver takes top honors in Rite Aid skills challenge

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Ryder System Inc. announced that one of its drivers, Lowell Lee, based in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has been named the top driver of Rite Aid’s 7th Annual Driver Skills Challenge National Championship. The annual event includes drivers from each of Rite Aid’s distribution centers and one from its ice cream plant in El Monte, Calif., who were selected for their exemplary safety record. The challenge, which involves dozens of drivers, includes a written exam, a pretrip inspection and a driving course. The first-place winner receives a trophy, championship ring with gem inlay, and a $2,000 travel voucher.

“We congratulate Lowell on achieving this outstanding honor,” says Wilson Lester, Rite Aid senior vice president of supply chain. “We take great pride in our driver fleet, and this competition is one way we can recognize and reward them for the great job they do on the roadways. We are proud to have Lowell as one of our drivers and commend him for his outstanding leadership, professionalism and commitment to safety.”

Lee, who has logged 2.5 million safe miles, has been a professional driver for 27 years, nine of those with Rite Aid. “Safety is a core value at Ryder, and this award demonstrates Lowell’s commitment to safety,” says John Sonia, Ryder vice president of dedicated
contract carriage. “We applaud Rite Aid for this recognition and congratulate Lowell on this outstanding achievement.”