Share this safe-driving advice from a few of UPS's 7,878 Circle of Honor drivers.
If your UPS driver sports a gold "Circle of Honor" patch on the sleeve, it means he or she has logged 25 – or more – years behind the wheel without an accident. The elite Circle of Honor recently added 1,445 drivers, including 66 new members from Canada, Germany and Puerto Rico, which were the first international markets for UPS.
"If you take your eyes off what's happening ahead, you'll be on top of that car in a fraction of a second," says package car driver Tom Camp.
UPS's longest-serving member of the UPS Circle of Honor is package car driver Tom Camp of Livonia, Mich. He's now driven for 52 years and delivered more than 5 million packages. Read more about Tom Camp.
Camp's piece of advice: "Watch the cars in front of you, and to the left and right. You never know if they are going to try to dart into your safety zone, your space cushion. You just have to stay focused all day long," Camp says. "Pay attention all the time. If you take your eyes off what's happening ahead, you'll be on top of that car in a fraction of a second and slamming on your brakes. Keep a space cushion, keep your eyes moving, and check your mirrors."
Illinois-based Steve Vermejan says: "I often receive text messages while I'm driving, but in order to read them I have to pull safely off the road." He adds that safe driving starts at home and begins with the proper rest. "If you're not alert behind the wheel, you're behind the 8-ball."
Lonnie Jones, a New York City package car driver, says: "Stay healthy and exercise. That's what's kept me going for 27 years."
Geraldine Kelly, a package car driver in Montgomery, Ala., says: "Communicate in traffic: Use your horn, establish eye-to-eye contact, and don't be in a hurry. You've got to focus all the time."
Tom Brotherton, a package car driver in St. Louis, sums it up this way: "Take it one step at a time, and don't let the job overwhelm you." Watch more tips from Brotherton in this video.
Watch a video about this year's Circle of Honor winners.
Is your driver on the list? Download a full list of this year's honorees [PDF].
UPS Circle of Honor by the numbers [PDF].
Video: What the patch means.