John Merritts, Driver
With Penske since 1995
I never get tired of driving. I feel lucky because I can get in a truck every morning and see things that day that I would not see if I were inside a building. While I enjoy the solitude, I also enjoy visiting new places and meeting new people.
I wear a lot of hats around here. Besides driving, I work dispatch part time. During busy times of the year, I work in the yard directing trucks. I'm also a safe driving instructor. I really enjoy teaching both the new drivers and the experienced drivers our safety course. I get to see the looks on their faces when they learn something new. My goal instructing is to make sure that everybody out on the road who's around a Penske truck is safe.
I can't think of one negative about Penske. They've followed up and done everything they've ever said that they would do. Penske's benefits package is top of the line. They even have a very good health area on the employee Web site that my wife and I both use for diet and exercise ideas. And there's a 24-hour, on-call nurse we can call for advice. On the job and off the job, the support from Penske is phenomenal.
John has logged more than two million accident-free miles in three decades of driving tractor trailers. In 2007, he was named National Driver of the Year by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association.
Driver With Penske since 1995
"On the job and off the job, the support from Penske is phenomenal."