published : 2023-09-05

Nebraska Truck Driver Achieves 5 Million Miles Without a Single Accident

Tim Dean Becomes Second Person in Company's History to Reach This Milestone

A photo of Tim Dean, the dedicated Nebraska truck driver, with his family celebrating his achievement of five million miles. (Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Tim Dean, a dedicated truck driver for Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Nebraska, has accomplished an extraordinary feat. He recently surpassed five million miles on the road, becoming only the second person in the company's 67-year history to achieve this remarkable milestone.

Throughout his career, Dean has transported a wide range of goods, including potatoes, technology equipment, and home goods, from coast to coast across America. He reflects on his achievement, saying, 'Milestones creep up out of nowhere after time. You think, 'OK, that's kind of cool. How did this happen? How did I get here?' But I don’t set long-term goals. My goals are daily, as in — the next mile being safe.'

Truck drivers play a crucial role in the country's freight transportation, moving approximately 72.6% of the nation's freight by weight. With millions of drivers on the road, Dean's accomplishment is a testament to his dedication and commitment to safety.

Dean takes immense pride in his contribution to the nation by delivering essential goods. He acknowledges the significance of his role, stating, 'The military plays a big part in our security. My part is delivering the goods that keep people fed, roofs over our houses, and cars to drive. Just sit where you're at right now and look at everything around you. It's been hauled by a truck.'

An image capturing the vast landscapes that Tim Dean has traversed during his 35-year career as a truck driver. (Taken with Nikon D850)

Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, Dean developed an intrigue for the trucks he saw on Interstate 80. After 35 years with Werner Enterprises, he still finds wonder in the vast reach of the trucking industry. Dean has traversed diverse landscapes, covering a large portion of North America.

Reflecting on some memorable journeys, Dean recalls hauling a computer and battery pack for Mobile Oil from Niagara Falls to Galveston, Texas. He shares, 'It was equipment needed to run their sonar to try to find oil in the gulf. So that was kind of an interesting little trip. And when Omaha held the U.S. Olympic swim trials, I hauled the parts for the practice pool and delivered that. So over the years, there's been different things that I've been able to deliver and be a part of.'

Dean's dedication goes beyond his impressive driving record. He ensures a healthy work-life balance while on the road, sticking to a regular work schedule and prioritizing rest. Moreover, he acknowledges the advancements in technology that have transformed the industry, making navigation, weather monitoring, and staying connected with family easier for drivers.

As Dean celebrates 35 years of driving a truck, he also commemorates his 39th wedding anniversary. Recognizing the role of his family in his success, he acknowledges their unwavering support throughout every mile he's driven. Werner Enterprises, his employer, also recognizes Dean's outstanding commitment to safety and his positive impact on the motoring public.

A heartwarming picture of Tim Dean receiving a certificate of achievement from Chad Dittberner, a senior vice president at Werner Enterprises. (Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

Dean's legacy extends beyond his own accomplishments. He serves as a mentor to fellow drivers, sharing his knowledge and experience to inspire the next generation. He believes that the key to success as a truck driver lies in providing a valuable service, maintaining good health, prioritizing safety, and treating fellow motorists with respect and consideration.

At almost 60 years old, Dean shows no signs of slowing down. With the continued support of his family and Werner Enterprises, he sets his sights on reaching six million miles on the road. His unwavering passion for his work and dedication to safety make him a true role model in the trucking industry.