Posts written by Katlin Owens

Author Bio: Katlin is communications coordinator senior for CFI. In contact daily with drivers, executives, recruiters and other CFI employees, she is a valuable resource for Steering Your Health. Joining the team in 2012, Katlin hopes the blog inspires drivers to be healthier on the road, keep safety top-of-mind, and encourages them to share their own stories. Owens earned a Bachelor of the Arts in both Public Relations and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Have a topic you would like to see addressed on the blog? Let her know by visiting our contact section.

January 21st, 2016

One of the best ways to stay safe and productive on the road is by knowing and planning for any type of weather you may run into.  Our Operations department uses Weather Underground for the morning report and the National Weather Service for specific city alerts. Check out suggestions below for weather resources to help keep yourself informed and ready for anything. Thank you to our professional drivers who provided the recommendations!

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Websites

Safe Travel USA http://www.safetravelusa.com/ has links to the state DOT websites.

Weatherbug http://weather.weatherbug.com

Accuweather http://www.accuweather.com/ 

Weather Channel http://www.weather.com/

Intellicast http://www.intellicast.com/

And we can’t forget the over-the-road go to Long Hauler USA! http://longhauler-usa.com/naweathe.htm

Apps

NOAA Radar USA app

Weatherbug will alert you as you travel through areas

Phone

Call 511 in each state if you do not have access to the internet or apps. Also, your atlas should provide phone numbers by state to call for weather and construction updates.

Television

The Weather Channel and local news can also offer insights.

January 18th, 2016

Earlier this month, one of our professional drivers, Bobby Chilcoat, achieved the career milestone of 3 million accident-free miles.

Bobby joined the company in January of 1991. He also served as a driver trainer and regularly competes in the Missouri State Truck Driving Championship. Last year, he even took first place in the sleeper berth class, earning him a spot in the national finals competition.Bobby Chilcoat Podium Horz

Hank Bartos, president of XPO Logistics’ truckload business, commented: “Bobby has joined an elite group of professional drivers, and his accomplishment sets a high standard for safety excellence. He is one of only four drivers in our truckload operations to achieve 3 million accident-free miles — the equivalent of nearly six round-trips to the moon!”

Keep reading to see our interview with Bobby about his insights on traveling 3 million safe miles, his most memorable times on the road and more.

Q:  How does it feel to drive 3 million miles accident-free?

Bobby: It’s hard to believe. There are no words to describe it, really. You drive out there every day and hitting that milestone never goes through your mind until the last few months when you realize you’re almost there and you do everything possible to stay safe.

Q: Do you have a favorite place you’ve seen over the past 3 million miles?

Bobby: For me, one of the prettiest places is Columbia River Gorge off I-84. I just love – and still love — driving that one. It’s one of the most beautiful sites.

Q: When you joined us – did you think you would reach 3 million miles?

Bobby: That wasn’t even in my vocabulary. I just needed a good job at the time and I always enjoyed traveling. My father-in-law recommended the company to me.

Q: Turnover is significant in this industry – what made you stay here at CFI/Con-way/XPO?

Bobby: I love to travel. The job fits my needs and I enjoy the people here – they’re always try to help me out and I like that.

Q: How would you advise drivers to be as safe as you are?

Bobby: I’m going to go back to one piece of advice my father-in-law always told me — Use your mirrors. Know what’s around you at all times. If you do that, you’ll be able to see the accident that’s trying to find you before it happens.

Q: Is there anything else you want to share about your accomplishment?

Bobby: There isn’t a secret to what I’ve done. If everyone would just slow down, they could do 3 million accident-free miles. Just slow down and pay attention.

January 13th, 2016

Each year, XPO Logistics’ truckload division celebrates our best of the best professional drivers with the annual Drivers of the Year Awards — the company’s highest recognition.

The Driver of the Year Award categories include individual and team awards for company and contracted drivers, as well as an award for the top regional driver. Award recipients are selected based on dedication to safety, professional service and exemplary performance.

Our 2015 Drivers of the Year are:

  • Company Driver of the Year, Rene Ibarra, has been driving professionally for more than 24 years, joining the company in 1997. He resides in Duncan, Okla., and when he’s not driving, Rene enjoys fixing up his home and having cookouts with his family.
  • Independent Contractor Driver of the Year, Ronald Dennis, joined the company in 2009 and since then has driven nearly 1 million miles. He served in the Army for four years and currently resides in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Company Team of the Year, Tom and Paulette Porter, started driving as a team for the company in 2010. They reside in Orlando, Fla., and have five daughters and six grandchildren.
  • Independent Contractor Team of the Year, Diana Prieto and Fausto Colon, have driven more than 3.1 million miles as a team. They currently travel with their two dogs, Tinker and Chanel. They reside in San Diego, Cali.
  • Regional Driver of the Year, Baldemar Tovar, started driving professionally in 1990, joining the company in 2002. He resides in Eagle Pass, Texas, with his wife, Alma. When not in the driver’s seat, he enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren.

Driver of the Year winners were presented with prizes for their achievement, including an official XPO Logistics jacket, a customized award plaque, a prize item of their choice and a cash prize.

2015 DOY Group Shot