If you’re an average driver, you travel about 14,000 miles each year. Between getting your license at 16 and probably turning your keys over at say 86, you’ve likely totaled up about 980,000 miles traveled in a lifetime. The odds of you trekking all those miles without incurring a simple fender bender? Pretty slim.

So that makes it even more impressive when we tell you that, at Indian Trails, we’ve honored 29 drivers with our “Million Mile Award” for going that distance without an avoidable accident. Even more notable is the fact that five drivers have been recognized with a rare, accident-free “Two Million Mile Award.”

For perspective, a million miles equates to 40 trips around the Earth or two trips to the Moon and back. For motorcoach drivers, it means averaging 50,000 miles annually for 20 years.

So it’s only natural that we have a button-popping pride for those drivers who’ve achieved this remarkable million mile milestone of safe driving on behalf of our company and our passengers.

Each year at Indian Trails, Inc., we employ average drivers, like you, who log miles in their own vehicles, and then start logging even more when they become exemplary drivers for us after undergoing an intensive training program that prepares them to take the wheel of one of our motorcoaches.

Before they do that, each driver learns the ins-and-outs of driving a motorcoach, including pre-and-post inspections of the bus, emergency procedures, and the safe driving skills he or she will need to rely on when we finally entrust them to ferry our passengers to and from their destinations.

The rigorous training they receive includes 40-plus hours of classroom instruction combined with three to four weeks of instruction in the bus (both course work and on-the-road driving with our driving instructors, many of whom are million mile honorees). During training, new hires gain at least 1,500 miles of actual driving experience.  It’s a big reason why Indian Trails is ranked by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation in the top five percent of transportation companies nationwide for safe driving.

Day in and day out, the drivers of Indian Trails, Inc. and its shuttle service Michigan Flyer, ferry thousands of passengers to and from their various destinations throughout Michigan, the United States and Canada. The obstacles they face—inclement weather, road construction, natural and other potential obstructions, as well as the other drivers they share the road with—increase the odds of experiencing accidents that could harm them and their passengers.

At Indian Trails, we are particularly delighted with the achievements of our million mile drivers. Their professionalism, dedication, attention to detail, fine people skills and commitment to our passengers’ comfort and safety, not only reflect wonderfully well on who they are, but also make them exceptional ambassadors for our company and the public whom we are committed to serve.

Ernest Nieman
2005 & 2019
Ernest Nieman
Mike Pelto
2017
Mike Pelto
Bill Wilson
2017
Bill Wilson
Carl Briggs
2014
Carl Briggs
Luis Garcia
2014
Luis Garcia
Phillip "Al" Kline
1998 & 2014
Al Kline
Jerry VanDeusen
2014
Jerry VanDeusen
Paul Sharp
2008
Paul Sharp
Chad Schwab
2005
Chad Schwab
Fred Nault
1998
Fred Nault
Clarence Baber
1996
Clarence Baber
Jim Hale
1995
Jim Hale
Steve Konewko
1995
Steve Konewko
Gene Lawson
1995
Gene Lawson
Bernie Smith
1995
Bernie Smith
Dave Spaedt
1995
Dave Spaedt
Russ Stroup
1995
Russ Stroup
Bennie Travis
1995
Bennie Travis
Bill Anderson
1983 & 1998
Bill Anderson
Pete Geiling
1989
Pete Geiling
Stew Jenkinson
1989
Stew Jenkinson
Harry Northrup
1989
Harry Northrup
Tom Piper
1989
Tom Piper
Ray Preece
1989
Ray Preece
Ron Sukenik
1989
Ron Sukenik
Charlie Ruggles
1972 & 1989
Charlie Ruggles
Mike Saxton
1989
Mike Saxton
Tom Trinklein
1969, 1989 & 1995
Tom Trinklein
Jim Vandermolen
1989
Jim Vandermolen