Werner Enterprises honors Tim Dean, who has driven 5 million miles

Updated Aug 15, 2023
Tim Dean, who has driven 5 million miles
Werner Enterprises

Tim Dean and Werner’s Chairman, President and CEO, Derek LeathersTim Dean is congratulated by Werner’s Chairman, President and CEO, Derek LeathersWerner EnterprisesWerner Enterprises recently honored one of its professional drivers, Tim Dean, who has achieved what the company called a "remarkable milestone" of driving 5 million accident-free miles.

Dean joins retired Werner professional driver, Charley Endorf, as the second driver in company history to reach this elite milestone.To honor his accomplishment, Werner hosted a special ceremony at its headquarters today in Omaha with Dean’s family and Werner associates.

Reaching 5 million accident-free miles is a rare milestone. The average professional truck driver drives about 2 million miles over the course of their career, according to the American Trucking Associations. Driving 5 million accident-free miles is equivalent to driving around the world more than 200 times, according to a statement from Werner.

“Today, we have the pleasure of showcasing what greatness looks like in the daily work of the American professional driver. It’s the accomplishment of waking up every day, working hard and delivering goods that matter, both safely and on time, to those who have entrusted us to do so,” said Werner’s Chairman, President and CEO, Derek Leathers. “We commend Tim for his contributions to Werner and the industry as a whole and are incredibly proud of him for his unwavering commitment to safety over the last 35 years. We look forward to Tim’s continued success on the road as a professional driver, one safe mile at a time.”

Dean joined Werner in 1988 and has received several accolades during his tenure with the company. In 2009-2010, he served as an ATA America’s Road Team Captain and has also been a Werner Road Team Captain and mentor since 2005. For 22 years, Dean has competed in the Nebraska Truck Driving Championships, placing first in his class nine times and earning Grand Champion recognition in 2012 and 2018. He was awarded the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance IDEA (International Driver Excellence Award) in 2019. In addition, he was named the Nebraska Trucking Association’s Driver of the Year in 2019.

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As of August 2023, Werner has a total of 2,175 professional drivers who have driven one or more million accident-free miles, with 639 of those drivers actively in its fleet.