A driver is being honored with a celebration, a new trailer wrapped in his honor, and a place in his company’s hall of fame after he passed 5 million miles accident-free.
Bobby Elrod, a 45-year trucking veteran, comes from a trucking family. “My dad, two uncles, a brother, and a brother-in-law–they were all truck drivers,” said Elrod. “It’s in my blood.”
Elrod celebrated the milestone on March 6th at YRC Freight’s Chattanooga terminal, the company’s closest to his Knoxville/Roanoke route. The 500-mile route is his daily routine, but earlier in his career Elrod was an OTR driver as well. And when he’s not doing his normal route, he occasionally hauls around Indy race cars for big-name drivers.
YRC Freight Director Terry Budimlija put Elrod’s 5 million miles into perspective.
“Five million miles is like driving to the moon and back over ten times or driving around the equator 200 times–all without a single accident,” said Budimlija. “I tip my safety hat to him, and I send my heartfelt thanks to his family for sharing Bobby with us.”
As Knoxville News Sentinel reports though, Elrod is quick to deflect any praise heaped on him. “I’ve had a real blessed career,” he said. “I’ve always had the good Lord as my co-pilot.”
Well done, driver!