CCJ Daily Dispatch, Aug. 26: FirstFleet driver earns Pilot Road Warrior honors

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Updated Aug 27, 2020

Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020:

FirstFleet driver earns Road Warrior designation from Pilot
Pilot announced Tuesday that FirstFleet truck driver Eric Britton, of Clarksville, Tennessee, has been named the company’s 2020 Road Warrior, earning a $10,000 grand prize.

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Britton, who was nominated by his wife, was recognized for his service to the country as a veteran and truck driver. He served 15 years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and then a driver, delivering supplies to military units.

After serving in the Army, Britton became a truck driver for FirstFleet and was recently awarded for 19 years and 2 million safe driving miles.

“To be named the 2020 Road Warrior means so much and I’m very thankful,” said Britton. “My advice to other drivers is to slow down, take your time, be aware of what’s around you and always display professionalism. It’s truly an honor to represent my company and be recognized in this way. Thank you for believing in me.”

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, Pilot Flying J awarded $5,000 to second place winner, Zdenko Zalac, an owner-operator and driver for over 20 years with over three million accident free miles; and $2,500 to third place winner, Mona Beedle, a driver of over 30 years for RayLee Transport who’s a strong advocate for women drivers across the country. Nominators of the grand, second and third place winners also received a $500 prize.

Love’s offering deals on inspections ahead of RoadCheck
Love’s Travel Stops is offering free TirePass inspections and half-priced DOT inspections to truckers at Love’s Truck Care and Speedco locations on Sept. 7-11 ahead of and during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck, scheduled for Sept. 9-11.

Love’s is also offering a complimentary visual inspection with the purchase of a tire or an oil change service package.

“Love’s Truck Care and Speedco team members want to help drivers be safe and legal on the road and this event aims to help drivers be both of those things,” said Gary Price, executive vice president of truck care for Love’s. “We know time is important to professional truck drivers, so by having the TirePass inspection completed – including mud flap and light inspections – while they fuel up, we can save them time and prepare them for CVSA Roadcheck.”

Love’s TirePass is an in-lane tire inflation and assessment service, available on the inside diesel lane at Love’s Travel Stops across the country.