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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -  Safety is one of the most important aspects when it comes to being a UPS driver, and a Tifton man is being recognized as one of safest UPS drivers out there.

He's been driving for 42 years and he's never once had an accident. Now he's part of an elite few being recognized for this honor.

Guy Haynes has proven his loyalty to UPS, he started driving for UPS when he was only 23 years old, and he's worked in numerous areas.

Right now, he is a feeder driver; that means he's on the road for 12 hours at a time delivering large volumes of packages to hubs for delivery, so safety is especially important.

"My goal, with the help of the Lord, is to get back safely with the shiny side up and the dirty side down on this truck. I was 23 when I was hired. Now I'm almost 64, and I really don't have any regrets."

Everyday before he hits the road he inspects more than 300 areas on his vehicle. In those 42 years, he's driven 3 million miles, completed hundreds of hours of safety training and has had the opportunity to work in several different areas within the company.

 "I've been in feeder, I've been in package for 25 plus years, I have been in what we call an air shuttle," Hayes said.

And he hasn't been in an accident once. "There is not a day, I don't leave my house and pray God give me traveling mercies and when I get back I give him thanks.

That's because safety is the number one priority at UPS, delivering packages is number two.

"It's something that you cant take lightly."

And over the years, his safe driving hasn't gone unnoticed. Haynes was just inducted into the circle of honor. that means out of 90,000 drivers, he is one of only 27 drivers who has gone 40 years without an accident.

"To be honest with you, my first goal when I started in 1970 was to obtain one year of safe driving."

He's the first driver in Tifton to receive the honor, but he doesn't think he will be the last. With the on road training these drivers receive, there will be many more to follow.

Haynes started working at UPS in 1970, and he says the safety system they used then is the same one they practice to this day.

Guy says the public doesn't realize what kind of safety cushion these vehicles need to stop, so its important you give them plenty of room on the road. Also, he says since trucks are not allowed to use the left lane, its important for slower drivers to stay in the right lane so trucks can pass.

His two sons were influenced by their father, both of them are also drive trucks. UPS delivers more than 15 million packages a day

 

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