Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Alabama driver Lloyd Howell joins America’s Road Team

In a recent announcement, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) introduced its newest team of 24 professional truck drivers selected for the 2024-2025 America’s Road Team. 

Among them is Alabama driver Lloyd Howell of TCW, Inc.’s terminal in Birmingham. Howell served as an Alabama Trucking Association Road Team Captain for eight years attending industry events and visiting thousands of kids in schools across the state. As a Road Team Captain, he says he enjoys getting out and sharing his message of highway safety. 

Howell joined Alabama’s Road Team in 2017.

“One thing that’s served me well since I started driving a truck is that I truly care about what I’m doing,” he says. “I care about my job, my employer, my coworkers, and most importantly my family. I want to be as safe as possible when I’m driving. I want to share what I know with as many people as I can.”

Howell is the third Alabama-based driver to join America’s Road Team in the last decade, including Darrien Henderson of J&M Tank Lines, Inc. (Mobile) and Alphonso Lewis currently of T-Force  (Montgomery)

For the American Road Team, drivers are ambassadors for the trucking industry embarking on a nationwide journey to promote safe driving, educate about the trucking sector, and highlight its opportunities.

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear commended the drivers for their outstanding achievements, emphasizing their dedication to safety and millions of accident-free miles. The America’s Road Team, founded in 1986, consists of elite truck drivers with superior safety records, serving as representatives of the industry. The captains, supported by their companies, engage in various activities such as attending industry events, speaking at schools, and meeting policymakers.

“This elite group of professionals rose to the top of their field through years of hard work, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to safety that is measured in millions of miles,” said Spear. “These exceptional individuals embody an essential segment of the American workforce whose contributions are seen and felt by virtually everyone in this country. As these captains now head over the road with a new mission and a vital message to share, we take extreme pride in their achievements and know that our nation will learn many valuable lessons from them and the example they set for our entire industry.” 

The diverse team of drivers, representing 14 states and carriers, boasts an impressive 61.6 million accident-free driving miles. Sponsored by Volvo Trucks, the Captains will tour the country in ATA’s Interstate One Image Truck, a Volvo VNL 760, equipped with a state-of-the-art truck driving simulator and mobile classroom.

Volvo Trucks North America President Peter Voorhoeve expressed honor in continuing the sponsorship, acknowledging the visibility and impact of America’s Road Team. The selection process, held from January 14-16, evaluated drivers on industry knowledge, communication skills, and their overall safe driving record.

ATA Chief Operating Officer Sarah Rajtik praised the Captains as role models and leaders in their communities, contributing to a positive industry image. The Captains, adorned in signature navy blue America’s Road Team blazers, will focus on improving public perception of the trucking industry throughout their two-year tenure.

Follow the America’s Road Team’s journey on Facebook and Twitter, and engage with the Captains at major industry events, conferences, and community visits to support their mission. Visit the official America’s Road Team webpage at www.trucking.org/americas-road-team for more information.