Not everyone can say that they have driven one million miles safely and accident free. But Gregory Ridenour has beaten all of those odds. What’s his secret you may ask? “The secret is to drive,” Gregory said. “I have a very high self-standard and everything has to follow under my standard. It’s pretty hard for many people to meet my standards.”
Gregory started his truck driving career at Roadmaster Drivers School in early, then came to Stevens Transport in March of 2011, went into Stevens’ grad fleet in April of 2011, and after 60 days, signed on to an Alliance lease, and has been driving his own trucks ever since. When asked why he started driving, Gregory said, “I’m working toward retirement, and it was the easiest job I could find the most amount of money.”
I’m working toward retirement, and [truck driving] was the easiest job I could find the most amount of money.
Gregory RidenourMillion Mile Driver
Gregory said that he looked for three months at different CDL schools to attend after he received his CDL, and ultimately chose Stevens Transport. When asked about that choice, he attributed it to the intensity of the training program. “I wanted to make sure I got the best possible training I could get. Stevens is the Harvard and Yale of the trucking industry, so here I am.”
One of the favorite parts of the job, according to Gregory, is being able to see all of the country points in the United States, including the Devil’s Slide in Morgan, Utah, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Montana. When asked why he enjoys these places, Gregory said, “I’m a country boy! I like the wild; I don’t really like the big city.”
Gregory wants anyone thinking about making a career change to truck driving to know that this is not a nine-to-five job. “This is a lifestyle, not a job. You may drive until four or five in the morning. You may start your day at one or two in the morning. It’s not nine-to-five, it’s a 24-hour thing.”
Congratulations on all your safe miles Gregory and we wish you continued success in the future!