Veteran trucker wins driver of the month honors

A driver with more than 24 years on the road, was named driver of the month for a Texas-based carrier.

Jeff GutzlerJeff Gutzler

Jeff Gutzler was chosen driver of the month for September by National Carriers, Inc., which is based in Irving, Texas. He won $500 and is now a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year to be announced in April of 2018.

Gutzler drives a company truck in the NCI Hides Division, where he recently celebrated his 10th anniversary.  He and his wife, Billie, live in Portales, New Mexico.

“Jeff is one of the most upbeat, professional drivers in the industry,” said National Carriers spokesman Ed Kentner. “His appearance and attitude is always professional. Drawing from his military background he completes assigned tasks with minimal assistance. He has 24 years of safe truck driving with the last million and a half miles with NCI.”

Gutzler talked about what it takes to be safe while driving, “I am always looking behind, looking to each side, looking ahead, looking far ahead, always on the lookout for the other driver who may not be paying attention or who is driving dangerously. Defensive driving cannot be over emphasized.”

National Carriers’ Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.