4 Million and Counting
Truline driver Jack Fountaine has a long, safe career behind him
In 1971, Jack Fountaine was out of a job and looking for work. It was then, at the suggestion of a neighbor, Fountaine stumbled into a career now 39 years long, during which he’s traveled more than 4 million accident-free miles
At the time, Fountaine had no experience driving trucks, but he got a little old-fashioned training from the neighbor who prodded him into the driving role to begin with, “and I’ve been driving ever since,” he says.
The 72-year-old company driver for Truline hauls anything from construction supplies to beer around the Las Vegas area — Fountaine’s hometown. These local routes give him the opportunity to come home and be with his wife.
“If you have a good wife, either take her with you or get a local job,” Fountaine says.
Fountaine enjoys trucking for two main reasons — traveling and independence.
While making cross-country hauls earlier in his career, Fountaine says he saw every state but Alaska. “I got a chance to see a lot and do a lot,” he says. Driving a truck, he adds, is akin to being your own boss. “As long as you make pickup on time and deliveries on time, everything takes care of itself.”
Fountaine’s 4 million accident-free miles have garnered several safety awards and multiple recognitions as Truline’s Company Driver of the Month.
“He has the finest work ethic of anyone I know,” says Truline Recruiting Manager Kevin Cooper. “He’s the kind of guy that is willing to go the extra mile and show the younger drivers a better way or a safer way. Plus, he has a phenomenal safety record.”
Fountaine’s safety record has been recognized outside of his company as well. In 2008, the Nevada Motor Transport Association named Fountaine its Driver of the Year.
“I have been lucky,” Fountaine says. “The man upstairs has been looking out for me.”
Fountaine attributes his safety record to patience.”It takes a strong-minded person to be a truck driver,” he says. “You have to be patient with the public.”
Fountaine says he enjoys driving for Truline because they treat drivers well. “They give you respect at Truline,” he says. “If you have a problem, you can always go to the front office and knock on the door. They’re always there for you.”
James Jaillet contributed to this report.
Q & A
Q: What is your favorite city you have traveled to?
A: Upstate New York is my favorite place. Denver, Colo., is my second favorite.
Q: My advice to other drivers is …
A: Be nice to other people and pray to the man upstairs.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: Baked chicken.
Q: What is one thing you always take with you on the road?
A: I take a picture of my wife and my kids.
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