Monday, March 27, 2017
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Citizen Driver Award winner Michael Zanella emphasizes ‘family values,’ serving his country

Citizen Driver Award winner Michael Zanella emphasizes ‘family values,’ serving his country

The first 10 years Michael Zanella drove over-the-road, he enjoyed stopping at a “nice little friendly truck stop, a real country truck stop” where at least one waitress’s mother and grandmother had both worked before her.

‘Eastbound and down, driverless and truckin’; we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done’

‘Eastbound and down, driverless and truckin’; we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done’

Trucking is singing a new song with a familiar tune: “Eastbound and down, driverless and trucking. We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.”

Willard Boyd has seen most of U.S., driven 3M safe miles; now drives team with wife

Willard Boyd has seen most of U.S., driven 3M safe miles; now drives team with wife

While truckers can sing along to the Hank Snow hit “I've Been Everywhere,” not everyone has been everywhere. However, the lyrics cannot be any truer for Willard “O’Neal” Boyd, 65, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who has three million-plus miles under his belt.

Citizen Driver Award winner Jon Osburn, 65, not ready to retire; he’s having too much fun

Citizen Driver Award winner Jon Osburn, 65, not ready to retire; he’s having too much fun

Career truck driver and vet Jon Osburn loves to talk, and it’s a good thing. As driver of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s Spirit of the American Trucker vehicle and an OOIDA ambassador, he goes to truck shows, truck stops and conferences across the country, putting him in contact with truckers far and wide.

Independent contractor, veteran Larry Wissel enjoys ‘flexibility’ of truck driving

Independent contractor, veteran Larry Wissel enjoys ‘flexibility’ of truck driving

Larry Wissel, 54, is one of the proud few who has served his country in the military and on the nation’s highways as a professional trucker for more than 30 years.

34-year-old Nathan Swilling says trucking has changed him in many ways — for the better

34-year-old Nathan Swilling says trucking has changed him in many ways — for the better

Nathan Swilling, 34, remembers when he was “that guy” — the newbie trucker holding up traffic, making a mistake or two … or even three. Despite how the transportation industry is part of his heritage — several uncles drive various types of trucks and many women in his family work as fleet managers or dispatchers — he remembers getting into the industry for the wrong reason.

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