Danny Daniels of Ryder Named TRALA 2015 Driver of the Year

Alexandria, VA – March 23, 2015 – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), a voluntary, non-profit national trade association that provides a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry, announced during its Annual Meeting Awards Dinner on March 18 the winner of its annual “Driver of the Year” Award which is sponsored by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

TRALA member leasing companies nominate their top drivers and just one is selected for this prestigious honor. TRALA selects the top driver who operates their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety of commercial transportation. Danny Daniels, who drives for the Ryder Dedicated division,has logged over 2.75 million collision and injury-free miles driving tractor trailers over the past 31 years. For that career accomplishment, Danny was selected as TRALA's 2015 Driver of the Year. 

Daniel's driving career includes receiving the 2 million accident-free miles medal from Ryder System.  He has also been named driver of the month three times and has received a number of certifications of achievement for his completion of Ryder safety programs. Ryder Dedicated drivers are responsible for operating equipment, managing unique product handling, running complex routes, and meeting rigorous service level requirements.  The drivers have a special responsibility when they represent Ryder customers, as they often wear uniforms with Ryder customer logos and drive vehicles emblazoned with customer brands. 


Danny is a man of upstanding moral character and that was the sentiment repeated in the 13 letters of recommendation that were submitted on his behalf.  Not only is he a driver, but a state-tested nurse aid that uses those skills to volunteer in the local hospital.   Daniels is also actively involved in the community throughout his involvement in Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, and Blankets for Vets.


Danny has an amazing support system through his wife Alice. They met in high school and have been married for 18 years.  They have four children together, two girls and two boys.


“Danny epitomizes hard work, dedication, and what it means to be a safe driver,” said John Diez, President of Ryder Dedicated.  “He is a shining example of all of the outstanding Ryder drivers who are committed to safety and customer service.  We are extremely proud to have Danny on the Ryder Dedicated Team.”


Daniels was greeted with a standing ovation from the TRALA meeting attendees and in his brief remarks before the crowd; Daniels repeatedly thanked the Association for bestowing upon him such a prestigious honor.




TRALA, based in Alexandria, VA, is a voluntary, non-profit national trade association, organized in 1978 to provide a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry. TRALA's membership includes more than 500 leasing and rental firms and 100 suppliers that make up nearly the entire truck renting and leasing industry. The renting and leasing industry is responsible for approximately 35 percent of all new Class 3 through 8 commercial truck registrations.


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