Atlas Van Lines drivers offer tips to make trips less taxing

Company will honor drivers at 17th annual ROAD Day on Sept. 21


September 13, 2004

Media Contacts:
Kristen Burnett, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797, ext. 2951 kriburn@atlasworldgroup.com
Paul Whitmore, Hetrick Communications


EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Want a scenic drive? Head west. Want a good rest stop? Check out Florida's. Want antacid relief for long hauls? Rolaids should do the trick.

At least those are the opinions of the men and women of Atlas Van Lines who log more than 123,000,000 miles a year moving households, specialized goods, general commodities, and even an African Zulu art collection.

Atlas Van Lines announces the results of its annual "Best of the Road" survey each September during ROAD Day, an Atlas celebration to thank its 3,300 drivers for the countless hours they spend on the road transporting the possessions of Atlas' customers. This year, that included an eight-foot bird's nest, an 8,000 pound rock, King Tut's tomb and $90 billion worth of blank credit cards.

"It takes talented, loyal and caring drivers to care for our customers' possessions," said Jim Stamm, Atlas president and COO. "Our drivers do an outstanding job day in and day out moving customers' goods and staying safe on the road."

ROAD (Recognizing Our Atlas Drivers) Day on Sept. 21 will be celebrated at participating Atlas agencies throughout the United States and Canada.  For local celebrations, visit www.atlasworldgroup.com/roaddayagents for a listing of participating agencies and locations.

Now in its 17th year, the event is traditionally at the end of the busiest moving time of the year. And after logging all those miles across the country, it's also the best time to find out a little bit about the drivers' journeys. Here are some of the highlights of the 2004 drivers survey:

  • Interstate 70 in Colorado is voted the most scenic stretch of highway for the third year in a row.
  • Interstate 10 in Texas and in Arizona is considered to be the safest highway.
  • Florida has the best rest stops, followed closely by Ohio, Georgia and Texas.
  • Drivers frequent Wendy's more than any other fast food restaurant; although 20 percent of the respondents say they don't eat fast food.
  • They frequent lots of truck stops. Petro is the favorite.
  • Their favorite radio stations — classic '60s, '70s and '80s, followed closely by country and National Public Radio.
  • Drivers still use CB radios, but not nearly as often as cell phones. Only 61 percent have CBs, while 97 percent have cell phones.

For complete survey results visit the Web site at www.atlasworldgroup.com/survey. To arrange an interview with a driver or attend a celebration, please call the nearest participating ROAD Day agent.

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Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, a $550 million company with more than 700 employees throughout North America. More than 600 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.

 

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