It’s everyone’s dream to find something they love and make it their career. Fortunately for Holland line haul driver Warren Clark, he found that something at just five years old. Now Warren has been driving for almost 40 years and has racked up over 3 million accident-free miles.
Like Father, Like Son
Warren grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, looking up to his father who was an owner-operator. Naturally, Warren as a little boy was fascinated with the big shiny truck and soaked up all the knowledge he could from his father. By the time he was just five years old, he was sold on becoming a truck driver just like dad.
Before his career as a driver would take off, Warren felt there was something he had to do. It was during the Vietnam War when Warren decided he needed to do his part for his country, so he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 and was off to boot camp.
During his nine years as a Navy sailor, Warren was a Hospital Corpsman, X-Ray Technician, and Special Procedures Technician, and faced one deployment to Guam. Although he saw horrible things that he’ll never forget, he gained so many valuable skills that he would go on to use as a truck driver – patience and understanding to name a few.
Everyday Is A New Adventure
After getting out of the Navy in 1977, Warren hadn’t lost sight of the ambitious plans of his five-year-old self. Although he didn’t start his adventure as a truck driver at Holland, he has been with us since 1979.
As a line haul driver, Warren has a set route from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia, and then to Mississippi. Even though he has driven this same route over and over again, he still finds new and exciting things every day.
Roads Stay the Same, But Scenery Is Ever-Changing
Warren fondly recalls driving up in the Arizona mountains once where he stopped to take a nap. When he woke up, the sunrise peaking over the mountains was absolutely breathtaking. Those kind of moments are what makes driving so exciting and fun for Warren.
Someone once told Warren, “The day you think you know everything there is to know about truck driving is the day you should quit.”
The point that this guy was trying to make, and what has stayed with Warren all these years, is that truck driving involves constant learning, adjusting, and diligence, and you have to be willing to do those things every single day. This is one of the things that keeps Warren so safe on the road and has led to him receiving the 3 Million Mile Safety Award in 2012.
“By now I can pretty much predict what people are going to do on the road, but I always remember to stay alert and have fun,” says Warren.
Busy On the Road, Busy at Home
When Warren isn’t driving, you can find him taking care of his home and spending the occasional day at the golf course. He also plans to do a lot of fishing after he retires.
Warren is the father to three children and three grandchildren who live in Louisiana. While he only gets to see them about four times a year, he loves the time he spends with them.
“I get a kick out of watching the grandkids annoy their parents just like they used to annoy me when they were little,” Warren says with a laugh.
The team at Holland would like to say thank you to Warren, both for his service in the Navy and for being such a loyal and hardworking driver all these years. Thanks Warren!