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 toted 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 28 drivers since the late 1980s with our “Million Mile Award” for going that distance without an avoidable accident.  Even more notable is the fact that one driver has 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.

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

Ernest Nieman

2005
Ernest Nieman

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