The American Trucking Association has named David May the American Trucking Associations 2008 National Truck Driver of the Year. The announcement came this weekend at the ATA Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council’s Fall Conference in Nashville, Tenn. I should point out that while Mr. May has driven 1.4 million accident free miles, there are many professional defensive drivers that have driven over 3 million accident free miles. When true truck driving professionals are behind the wheel, accidents simply don’t happen.

The announcement from ATA went on to say: 

 

May has driven over 1.4 million accident-free miles in his 27 years on the road. He competed for the national title, considered the highest honor a professional truck driver can receive, against professionals nominated from the 50 state trucking associations.

 

“David May embodies the professional who delivers America’s goods safely and efficiently everyday,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “In addition, he goes above and beyond, working to educate the public about the necessity of the trucking industry and the importance of safety. We are proud to have David represent us on the road.”

 

Among May’s many accomplishments, he was selected as an America’s Road Team Captain in 2005, where he was asked to share his impressive driving experience with the public and his colleagues to improve highway safety. As an extension of this role, he has talked to groups as diverse as school children and legislators. In 2007, May was requested to serve as the driver representative on the CDL Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. to help shape the FMCSA’s policy for commercial driver requirements. He was invited to the 2007 National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit to share his first-hand knowledge as a professional truck driver with state representatives. Additionally, May spends a few days each month talking to the motoring public on how to stay safe around tractor-trailers and what they can do to be better drivers on our nation’s highways.