Archive for the ‘Driver Stories’ Category

July 18th, 2014

In his 22 years with Con-way Truckload, Tim Hicks has spent more than one million miles on the road. In addition to driving for us, 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.

Tim’s new position at Con-way Truckload will be focused on drivers. As driver advocate, his goal is to improve the experience of professional drivers who are already employed by Con-way Truckload. We want to make our employees feel appreciated by spotlighting drivers for their strengths and positive contributions to our company, and by rewarding non-driver employees for their dedication to our drivers.

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That’s right, professional drivers. Tim’s position revolves around YOU!

So far, Tim has helped us identify unsafe backing locations and to implement the Trailer Hotline, a phone number that our drivers can call to report trailer issues, such as being left a mess by their peers. We have also added drivers to the Tractor Supply Dedicated fleet, helping reduce the amount of short mile loads by our over-the-road fleet.

“It is important to me to show our drivers that they have our full support,” said Tim. “Not only is it vital to the professional culture at Con-way Truckload, but also to the economy as a whole. Our non-driver employees play an important role in the scheme of the business, and we hope to show them our appreciation as well.”

A special thank you to Tim for his dedication to this initiative. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve your experience at Con-way Truckload, please let us know by emailing us at communications@conwaytruckload.com or on our Facebook page.

June 13th, 2014

When Barbara Cummins met her husband Richard, truck driving was the last career she ever thought she would end up pursuing. Richard had been driving for Con-way Truckload and Barbara was a teacher. When they fell in love and got married, Barbara’s goals changed.

“I was afraid of driving anything bigger than an SUV,” she said. “But Richard suggested that being a team on the road would be fun, so I gave it a shot.”

Barbara and Richard have been on the road together for nine years, so far.

According to the couple, the best parts of driving together are enjoying the interesting sights and experiences, having someone to share every day with and never having to worry about being lonely. They don’t have to miss one another.

There are challenges to being on the road together as a married couple, however.

“As a team, one of you is usually working,” said Richard. “There can be a lack of free time together. And, there is very little space.”

Richard notes, the fact that his wife is always by his side makes up for the drawbacks, however. “I would never continue to do this without her.”

The Cumminses stressed that the trucking life isn’t for every couple. They made a pact at the beginning of their adventure on the road that they would put their relationship first. If either of them chose not to continue driving, they would both stop. They also stress communication as being a key aspect to enjoying time on the road together.

“When we talk to other couples, most of them can’t spend too much time together if they want their marriage to survive,” said Richard. “If you enjoy spending time together, there is no job better than this. Every day is an adventure.”

Do you have any tips or stories about your time on the road as a team driver with your spouse? Share them on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Con-wayTruckload.

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May 29th, 2014

“I had been living this way for so long, I thought it was normal.”

Con-way Truckload driver Steven Sassamanshausen, 53, hadn’t been sleeping well for years. He was getting eight hours of sleep a night, but would soon grow tired after a few short hours. Despite his chronic fatigue, he would try to power through most days. It wasn’t until a routine agility, eye and physical test when the doctor asked Steven if he snored that the serious issue was revealed.

“I told them I snored like a bull-moose!” Steven said. That same night, he was sent home with a sleep study machine for a test.

“The first night the thing slipped off and only registered three hours,” Steven says, noting the doctor needed him to get a full night’s sleep with the CPAP in place. “So I had to try again the next night and that time it worked.” Steven was diagnosed with sleep apnea the next day.

As we’ve mentioned in previous Sleep Apnea posts, Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) is a mode of respiratory ventilation used primarily in the treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure,” used by placing a mask over the nose and mouth connected to the machine.

Steven’s initial concern was the cost of the CPAP machine. But after talking to a colleague on the Con-way Truckload Safety Team, Steven was assured the company would help him work out a plan.

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Con-way Truckload works with drivers to help ensure employees receive the help they need.

“It’s the best money I have ever spent and I’m grateful for the support from my company,” Steven says. “I’m ecstatic – I feel good knowing every morning I will wake up refreshed.” Now Steven’s mission is to convince other drivers suffering from sleep apnea to get the CPAP machine. He believes it has made him a better driver.

“Before the CPAP, I would get eight hours of sleep and never feel rested. Now even if I only get three to four hours, I am more rested because my quality of sleep is better!” he said. “Anyone out there who snores and thinks they are getting a good night’s rest – they might not be. They need to get tested and try this machine, because it will change their lives dramatically.”

Steven reports that he not only feels more confident as a driver but that he is more aware and alert — at one point he was turning to soda in order to stay awake. Now he doesn’t have to.

“I’m healthier now,” Steven says. “I haven’t needed a soda to stay alert since I started the machine and I make healthier and wiser decisions because I feel more awake. This thing has turned my life around and I’m a better, safer driver for it.”