Happy National Driver Appreciation Week!

Written by: on September 15th, 2014

That’s right, drivers. In honor of your hard work and dedication throughout the year, this week is a celebration of you! All week, from Sunday, September 14, through Saturday, September 20, we will be hosting events and giveaways in your honor at each terminal across the United States. Also, keep your eyes and ears open for some special visitors!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was founded to recognize and thank all 3.2 million of the men and women long-haul drivers who keep our country and economy moving.

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Below are the dates and times of our Con-way Truckload Driver Appreciation Cook-Outs!

  • Joplin: 9/12 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lancaster: 9/18 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • West Memphis: 9/17 and 9/18 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Laredo: 9/18 and 9/19 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Taylor: 9/18 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. You work hard, you pay attention to detail and you strive for the best in safety and carefully deliver our clients’ precious cargo every day. We salute you, Con-way Truckload drivers. Thank you!

If you would like to share a special message with fellow drivers, visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.

For more information on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, check out this video on the ATA website.

 

It’s Brake Safety Week!

Written by: on September 12th, 2014

When was the last time you had your breaks inspected? This week, inspectors will be checking the brakes on trucks throughout the country as part of the Operation Airbrake program — the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sponsored Break Safety Week (September 7 through 13).

We’re sure that you know how to keep your brakes in top condition for your safety and the safety of others on the road, but here are the items that will be checked during your inspection:

• Drivers license
• Registration
• Low air warning device
• Pushrod travel
• Brake linings
• Air loss rate
• Tractor protection system

Some examples of brake issues to be aware of include:

B  Cracked Brake Bracket Photo B
This is an example of a cracked brake pod mounting bracket and supports that are cracked on the braking system. These can be serious issues, so be sure to look closely. Note: Sometimes it could just be paint coming off but it never hurts to get a second opinion.

C Missing snap Ring Photo C
This shows a missing snap ring that holds the slack adjuster to the S-Cam. If this should happen on your equipment, the brake on that wheel end is no longer working.

For more information, visit http://www.cvsa.org/programs/air_procedure.php. To start a conversation about brake safety with fellow drivers or ask questions, visit www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.

Stay safe out there!

Labor Day weekend is here. In an effort to devour every last flavor of summer, why not whip up an easy and tangy grilled corn recipe to satisfy your palate? This healthy vegetable topped with chipotle-lime butter makes a perfect long-weekend side dish. This recipe makes four servings.

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You will need:

A grill or microwave
Tin foil
Small bowl

Ingredients:

4 ears of fresh corn, husked
2 tablespoons of butter
¼ teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation:
Preheat your grill to high
Wrap each ear of corn in foil
Place on grill and cook, turning frequently, for ten minutes
Next, soften the butter
Combine butter with lime zest, lime juice, ground chipotle and salt
Unwrap corn and brush on butter

Enjoy!

Nutrition: 129 calories per serving: 7 g fat, 17 g carbohydrates, 3 g protein, 2 g fiber, 22 mg sodium, 245 mg potassium