Our most recent LIVE Facebook chat took place on October 21st and we were pleased to welcome driver advocate Tim Hicks as our guest for the chat. In addition to driving for us in the past, Tim has been a fleet manager and a customer service representative, among other positions. Most recently, he has taken on a new role in the company as a driver advocate.
Check out the transcript below for some of Tim’s insights. Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!
Q. How many years experience does Con-way Truckload require for driving?
Con-way Truckload: For solo drivers it is three months OTR experience, but we also hire students.
Q. What is the starting pay?
Con-way Truckload: Here are some details of our pay structure.
Tim Hicks: And we have a referral bonus, drivers can make some serious coin.
Q. What kind of equipment does Conway supply and what are the average miles driven by a solo OTR driver?
Con-way Truckload: We have a variety of trucks available in our fleet. We select based on driver preference at truck viewing days. We have Kenworth-T660 and T680, Volvo 870, Freightliner Cascadia, Peterbilt 587, Navistar Prostar and are a mix of automatic and manual trucks. On miles: solo OTR drivers average between 2200-2600 miles/week, dedicated regional and teams would be different.
Con-way Truckload: We frequently get asked what our trucks come standard with for new drivers. Trucks in our fleet always include a satellite navigation system, cruise control and Sirus XM radio. Drivers can also add their own equipment such as microwaves and refrigerators.
Q. I have been driving for more than 15 years, what can you offer me?
Tim Hicks: Beyond the white truck with blue stripes, we can also offer reliable home time, great pay, a group medical plan including vision and dental, and many other benefits. More info here: http://bit.ly/1oO1SH3
Q. Can I get home every other weekend? As in leave on Monday morning drive for 11 days and get home Thursday evening or Friday morning?
Con-way Truckload: While we can’t guarantee you would be home every other weekend, you can highlight for home after your first day on the road and we will get you home within seven days.
Q. What is the price for health insurance for the family (me, wife and 1 child)?
Con-way Truckload: $34.50 per week for a driver and/or spouse and $16.00 per week for each child.
Tim Hicks: With the free rider pass for ages 12 and up I have taken all three of my kids out on the road. Ahhh freedom, nothing like time stuck with dad in a truck to straighten you out.
Q. Well, you got my attention. Been driving more than 20 years +. Had to resign last year, but looking to get back on it. Is your terminal in Dallas off Irving Blvd.?
Con-way Truckload: As far as Texas we have terminals in Lancaster and Laredo with a drop yard in El Paso. Give our recruiters a call at 866-265-2617.
Tim Hicks: I came onboard to Con-way Truckload 22 years ago through a student program. We recently launched a tuition reimbursement program up to $4,000. I used my Air Force benefits for truck driving school. We also work with the GI Bill to pay you the additional benefits. When I drove I also had my min pin Chacha with me …the little beast. We have a pet friendly policy.
Truckin’ is not for the weak, but Con-way Truckload makes it easy. See you all next time and thanks for the questions. And remember – keep the shiny side up. Stay safe out there.
Mark your calendars for our next live chat on December 9th, 2014. Become a fan of our Facebook page for details!