Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Written by: on September 14th, 2015

We do our best to show appreciation for our drivers every week of the year, but this week, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we are celebrating along with the rest of the country! According to the American Trucking Associations, this week recognizes the 3.4 million professional men and women who deliver our goods and keep our highways safe.

Professional truck drivers are at the core of our nation’s economy – they move the products we all use every day across the country. Truckload drivers, especially, put in extra effort to deliver products safely and with a smile. We are extremely grateful for all of your hard work. To show our appreciation, we will be hosting free BBQ lunch events at each of our terminals. If you are unable to make it to a terminal event, we will reimburse you up to $15 for a special lunch on the road. We hope you can join us. Thank you for all that you do!


Join us for one of our National Truck Driver Appreciation Week events:

Joplin, Missouri event:

Dallas, Texas event:

Laredo, Texas event:

Taylor, Michigan event:

West Memphis, Arkansas event:


The Importance of Stretching

Written by: on September 8th, 2015

One of the most vital aspects of our day-to-day health and physical fitness may not be what most people would expect. It has nothing to do with diet, weight lifting or extensive cardio. The activity we are referring to is stretching your muscles, and it should be a part of everybody’s daily routine. Especially for professionals, like truck drivers, who spend their days and nights in seated positions, having an adequate and frequent stretching practice is the key to a healthy lifestyle (and to getting rid of any aches and pains once and for all).

The many benefits of stretching include:

  • Better posture
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased flexibility
  • Enhanced coordination
  • Pain relief
  • Increased energy
  • A better sense of well-being

Lack of stretching can lead to build-up of acids in your muscles that can cause pain and stiffness.

There are plenty of easy stretches that professional truck drivers can implement in their every day routines. Many don’t even require leaving your cab. So, when time allows, pull over in a safe location and stretch! Be sure to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds, and listen to your body – if something hurts, don’t do it!

Some of our professional drivers recommended their favorite stretching resource for the road. Below are a few suggested driver stretches from Saif Corporation. Your body and mind will thank you.





Driver Story: Why I Stay True to Blue

Written by: on September 2nd, 2015

by Keith Zecman, professional driver

As a professional driver for Con-way Truckload, there are several reasons why I stay True to Blue.

For starters, drivers get to use quality equipment; I get a new truck every four years or sooner. My fleet manager, Deb Osborn, is amazing. When she’s not available, there are other managers who are very professional when I need help. All the local dispatchers do a great job getting me rolling – sometimes they even let me choose my load, if they have extras. So remember — what comes around goes around!

Next, is what I call the “first line of defense” in keeping my truck and trailer in top shape: the inspection bay — they are always going out of their way to help me. I never have a problem with going to the tire shop if I feel a tire is unsafe. The shop personnel are awesome. A famous phrase I always hear from the shop workers is “Next!” (or “What else you got?”) They are there to help us with anything we need.

Keith Zecman

The compliance department helps protect my paycheck and me. What other company do you know of that cares about your paycheck? None that I can think of.

Since I’m a finisher as well as a driver, I know that the training department does a great job as well, from Andy to Sally to ALL the other folks. It takes a team effort to hire, train and get the first load to a new driver. I’m proud to be a part of this fun process.

Con-way Truckload opened the forum Your Voice Is Heard because management wants to hear from us and to listen to our suggestions. I have made a few suggestions myself! The leadership wants to know what they can do to make our job a pleasant one.

Con-way Truckload is also involved in the community — not just in Joplin, but in the communities of all other terminals as well. We have Truckloads of Treasures shopping sprees at Christmas, fundraisers for drivers who have been out of work due to an injury or illness, and other charitable activities. These are just a few that I know of — I’m sure there are more.

In closing, I would like to say we ALL have a great company to work for, and we should be setting the standard, NOT the status quo. If I could rename the company, I would call it “Team Con-way.” There is so much teamwork going on behind the scenes and in our fleets. Our True to Blue statement is correct: “You have the support of an entire company behind you.” To all others within the Con-way Truckload family that I may not have specifically mentioned, please know that I appreciate all you do as well. Without your support behind the scenes, I couldn’t do my job. You make it easy for me to stay True to Blue.