Perdue Farms truck driver Robert Timmons, who has been with the fourth-generation, family-owned U.S. food and agricultural products company for 44 years, is celebrating 4 million accident-free driving miles professionally for Perdue. In the company’s almost 104-year history, he is only the second driver to achieve this milestone.
“I am so excited that I achieved 4 million miles of safe driving. I’m excited and proud that I was able to do this while working at Perdue,” said Timmons, who goes by the handle Holly Trolly on the road.
Timmons is part of Perdue’s nearly 800 certified professional drivers. There have been 184 Perdue drivers who have reached 1 million accident-free miles; 45 are 2 million safe-mile drivers; and 12 have achieved 3 million accident-free miles.
Timmons joins Alvin Smith as the company’s only 4 million safe-mile drivers.
“Robert achieving 4 million safe driving miles in just 43 years is no small feat and is a testament to his dedication not only to Perdue but also to our customers and those he shares the roads with every day,” said Tim O’Hea, senior director of transportation for Perdue Farms.
Throughout his time at the company, Timmons has delivered dressed poultry from Salisbury to Lewiston, North Carolina; delivered live haul and oil; has been an over-the-road driver delivering as far west as Iowa and throughout the entire Perdue marketplace; and currently delivers local short haul loads.
Facts About 4 Million Miles:
- Most commercial truck drivers average 100,000 to 110,00 miles per year.
- A Perdue driver averages 90,000 to 95,000 miles per year because of the tight geography that the majority of the Perdue fleet delivers to and the numerous transfer loads.
- A non-commercial driver in the U.S. averages approximately 14,000 miles per year. It would take the average person 285 years to reach 4 million safe driving miles.
- In 2021, there were over 500,000 large truck accidents reported nationwide. Perdue Farms said it takes an incredible amount of safety, skill, and attention to drive 4 million accident-free miles.