It’s not a motto, a slogan or a priority. Red Rule #1: Safety Comes First is a value at Red Classic. Every Red Classic driver, maintenance technician and corporate teammate understands the importance of embracing and living that value at Red Classic. It is our unwavering commitment to our drivers, our families, our customers and the public. 

Safety is the guiding principal in our daily work and our long-term planning. We continuously implement and improve processes that support that obligation. Here are just a few examples that demonstrate actions taken to support our safety values:


During our drivers’ first day of driver orientation, we talk about Red Rule #1 and emphasize “everything we do at Red Classic is geared toward helping you be safe and successful.” Our drivers participate in a “Training Continuum,” which begins with a comprehensive and challenging driver orientation and continues throughout their career with focused, proactive training that is preventative in nature. 

This training is successful in part due to the efforts of more than 60 Certified Driver Trainers. They have exceptional driving and performance histories and dedicate themselves to working with our drivers to help ensure they are safe and successful, providing unparalleled customer service to our valued clients and going home safely to their families every day.


Great technology is only as good as the great drivers it supports. At Red Classic, we’re committed to having both. The Red Classic tractor fleet has an average age of less than 1.5 years and is equipped to enhance our drivers’ comfort and safety. Enhanced noise insulation and upgraded driver seats reduce fatigue. Automatic transmissions eliminate 500-600 shifts/day, allowing drivers to focus more attention on the road, especially during turns and on ramps. LED headlights increase nighttime visibility. Our trailer fleet has an average age of 5.5 years. 

All of our new Mack Anthem tractors include the Bendix Wingman Fusion Collision Mitigation System. The Fusion system provides the most comprehensive set of in-truck, active safety technologies to support our skilled drivers and assist them in maintaining control when unexpected events occur, augmenting their safe driving skills. As of January 2022, 90% of our fleet has the Bendix system installed.


Red Rule #1 requires that our equipment is safe, efficient and fully operational for our drivers, customers and the motoring public. Along with our drivers, this accountability relies on our skilled and highly trained Maintenance Technicians. With a career path at Red Classic that is skill and proficiency-based, our technicians receive initial and ongoing formal and on-the-job training to help them succeed, while ensuring our tractors and trailers meet all DOT requirements and driver and customer expectations. Our Maintenance facilities provide the leadership, equipment and support that make it all possible.


“Safety Comes First” applies equally to our Brokerage division. All Red Classic carrier partners are initially vetted and constantly monitored with the assistance of two third-party partners – Registry Monitoring Insurance Services (RMIS) and Carrier 411. Working with these partners, our Carrier Compliance Team continuously monitors active carrier partners to ensure they are FMCSA-qualified, insured and safe, making real-time decisions if a carrier’s authority or safety information changes.


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