GRAPEVINE, TX. Here at the American Trucking Assn.’s (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition, Volvo Trucks North America announced its continued support of ATA’s America’s Road Team industry-outreach program.
The members of America’s Road Team are professional truck drivers known as “Captains,” many of whom have accumulated millions of miles of accident-free driving. They undergo a rigorous selection process to become part of the program.
The Road Team Captains speak to hundreds of groups of lawmakers, government officials, students, regulators and other truck drivers. Their presentations include safe driving tips and highway safety information, much based upon their own experiences, as well as the importance of trucking to the American economy.
“All of us at Volvo Trucks are very proud to be part of the ATA’s America’s Road Team program,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks North America senior vp—sales & marketing. “As one of the most important and effective highway safety efforts out there, the program fits perfectly with Volvo’s core value of safety.”
Last January, at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, VA, Volvo presented a new VN 780 tractor to the Road Team Captains and ATA officials. The truck features life-saving Volvo safety technologies, including Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) by Bendix and Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC). Since receiving the truck, the Road Team Captains have been using it to transport the ATA Image Trailer, a mobile presentation facility, around the country, as they work to spread the ATA’s messages about the safety and essentiality of trucking.
“The Road Team Captains are the ultimate trucking ambassadors,” Huibers said. “With their passion and track record for safe driving, they are making our roadways safer for everybody.”