Con-way Truckload is proud to once again be a part of the Great American Trucking Show (GATS), held each August in Dallas, Texas. This year’s show will be held Thursday through Saturday, August 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

The Great American Trucking Show is one of the nation’s largest trucking trade shows. This three-day event features a wide variety of trucking industry exhibitors, informational seminars and showcases the latest in industry technology. Attendees have an opportunity to meet some of the most influential leaders in the trucking industry, representing more than 100 companies. The GATS Recruiting Pavilion offers current and potential drivers the chance to meet with company representatives from all over the country.

Con-way Truckload will have a booth in the Recruitment Pavilion where attendees can speak with recruiters and drivers about jobs, training and support at Con-way Truckload, our new pay increase and more. Swing by our booth, # 20167 and meet Gretchen Jackson, Manager of Recruiting for Con-way Truckload. She will be joined in the booth by recruiters Susi Killinger and Josh Landers.

Also attending from Con-way Truckload will be owner operators Eric Johnson and Dave Foster. In addition to his driving career, Eric is featured on the popular History Channel reality show, Big Rig Bounty Hunters, which follows driver/bounty hunters who search for lost or stolen tractor-trailer rigs. Dave Foster, a driver with more than 30 years in the industry, is set to once again enter his 2005, 13 speed Kenworth W900L in the Overdrive Pride and Polish Competition.

As an added treat, stopping by the Con-way Truckload booth will be the 2014 winner of Overdrive Magazine’s Most Beautiful Driver Award, Emily Wentworth. Emily will be in attendance at booth at our booth on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and again on Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. for a meet and greet, photo opp and autographs.

Hope to see you at GATS and make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the show!

As Con-way Truckload’s Driver Advocate, I’m always looking for ways to keep drivers safer and healthier on the road. One of the best strategies for doing this is to simply listen. Our drivers are experienced professionals who understand the importance of working together to improve the job, so when they bring concerns, comments or ideas to me, I try to share the solutions and tips.

An issue that has been brought to my attention recently is tandem slide locking pins that won’t retract when the locking pin release arm is pulled. This is a safety issue that generally results from one of the pins binding on the slider rails. Drivers have reported injuries to their shoulders — especially damage to the rotator cuff —from trying to muscle the pins into position.

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Some success has been reported from the practice of putting the truck in forward or reverse and sliding the trailer box slightly forward or backward in order to get the pins to retract. There is also the temptation to simply whack the pins with a hammer (strongly discouraged). The easiest and most effective solution is to use a lubricant on the pins and slider rails.

Lithium grease, also referred to as white lithium, is an inexpensive, easy-to-use and effective answer. It adheres well to metal, is non-corrosive, may be used under extremely heavy loads, has outstanding temperature tolerance and is resistant to moisture. It can be purchased in spray can form at any Wal-mart or automotive parts store for between $3.00 and $5.00. It stores easily, will not gum up or collect dirt and is very easy to apply. A quick shot to all four pins and a couple of pulls to work it in is all it takes.

Regular applications of white lithium will make the chore of adjusting trailer tandems easier, less work, less frustrating and reduce the risk of injury.

Stay tuned for more tips and if you have a comment or issue that you’d like me to look into, please give me a call.

-Tim Hicks

We know that our professional drivers are the company’s most important asset and that’s why Con-way Truckload is pleased to announce an improved driver pay package that raises per-mile pay, increases layover pay and adds a new bonus program to reward drivers for both loyalty and productivity.

Effective Sept. 7, 2014, Con-way Truckload eligible drivers will see a $0.01 per dispatch mile increase in their pay rate and an increase in layover/breakdown pay to $75 per day. On Sept. 1, 2014 our drivers will start earning through our new productivity bonus program.

Our new annual productivity bonus is designed to reward drivers for their loyalty. Under this program, drivers can earn additional compensation, paid as an annual bonus, of between $0.015 and $0.03 per mile, on miles driven within previous 12 months from their anniversary date.

Here’s how it works:

Drivers with current mileage achievements of less than a million miles driven with Con-way Truckload will receive an additional $0.015 per mile for all miles driven during a twelve month period. Drivers who have achieved one million miles or more with Con-way Truckload will receive an additional $0.03 per mile for all miles driven in a twelve month period. This bonus will be paid out the month following a driver’s anniversary date.

When combined with our other driver compensation and bonus programs, a new-hire, experienced company driver can start at a total of $0.425 per mile.
The rate increases and new bonus program enhance one of the industry’s most attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package for OTR drivers. Currently, Con-way Truckload’s package includes: bonus pay for reaching safety performance objectives, paid vacations, health care plans, a retirement savings 401(k) plan including a company contribution, free rider programs, a pet companion ride-along program and reliable home time.

Questions? If you are one of our drivers, your fleet manager has all the details and will be available to talk. You can also find more information in Option 5. Thank you for staying True to Blue!

New to Con-way Truckload or want to join our team? Give one our recruiters a call at 1-866-265-2617 or learn more at www.true2blue.com.