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FUN FACTS ABOUT THE DRIVER OF THE YEAR


1. He has driven enough miles to travel back and forth from the moon 9 times.

2. If you add the total number of hours driven, it would be the equivalent of driving for 8 years straight.

3. Jack started driving in 1971, the same year that the Unites States ended the gold standard for American currency.

4. Jack has worked for Truline since 1990.

 

2008 NMTA DRIVER OF THE YEAR
JACK FOUNTAINE


"The boss called me one day and asked if I would be interested in going through the process for Driver of the Year. I said sure and filled out all the paperwork. Time went by and I forgot all about it. Then one day the boss called me into the office. (I thought I was in trouble.) He told me I had won!" exclaimed Jack Fountaine. He drives for Truline in Las Vegas. Paul Truman, president of Truline said he's proud and pleased to employ the driver of the year. "Look at all the years he's been driving accident-free! That's the kind of driver every company wants to have." He said that he thought safe driving was an innate trait with drivers who take pride in their work. As an employer, Truman said it's important to give support and training to drivers. "They have to know that safety is important to the company," Truman explained. Fountaine agreed and said he thought safety could be learned. Safety was drilled into Fountaine from an early age. "When my parents were teaching me to drive, they stressed the safety. Said it was far more important than speed. Told me not to worry about getting somewhere on time if I'm running late; safety is more important," he said. "Some of the companies I've worked at care about safety, but Truline really stresses it," Jack explained. "We have two big safety meetings twice a year and some smaller ones that combine the local and line drivers. The exchange of information is helpful to everyone." Awareness is a major key to safety on the road according to Fountaine. "I relax at some points, but generally I'm aware of everyone on the road and what they're doing. Slowing down as you approach construction is really important. I get very cautious then." The biggest danger on the road to Jack Fountaine and other truck drivers

is the driver that cuts them off. "They don't understand that we've got all that tonnage behind us and we can't just stop." He understands that many car drivers fear the big trucks. "I've seen them pass me with their hands gripping the steering wheel and leaning forward like they're pushing the car ahead," he said. The award ceremony at the NMTA Banquet was a thrill for Fountaine and his family. He has five children and 14 grandchildren. Governor Jim Gibbons commended Fountaine and presented him with a plaque. ―The recognition was so great," he said. "I just hope it encourages other drivers to be as safe and take pride in their driving," he concluded.

JACK'S STATS: Here's what won him the award -

Jack has been driving trucks for over 36 years and has driven a total of 4.4 million miles with out a single accident. That is the equivalent of driving around the world approximately 179 times. This accomplishment is the reason Jack Fountaine was honored as the NV. Motor Transport Association's 2009 Driver of the Year.

N.M.T.A.'s Driver of the Year selection is based on criteria including contribution to highway safety, record of courteous driving, community service and participation in events such as Truck Driving Champ-ships. Driver of the Year nominees are evaluated and chosen by a com-mittee comprised of NMTA staff and trucking industry professionals.