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November 7th, 2014

As winter approaches, it’s key to have your truck ready for the upcoming colder temperatures. Here is a quick checklist and some tips to make sure you’ll be prepared and safe when the snow starts to fly.

1) Check the batteries — One weak battery can drain them all. Old or weak batteries should be replaced.

2) Empty the air tanks — The air compressor produces residual water, as will sudden drops in temperature. Some of this may get past your air dryer. When cold air hits it, it can cause the air valves to freeze up, affecting brakes and air suspension. Remove all drain plugs, drain all air tanks in the air system completely and allow time for them to dry. It’s not a bad idea to add some airline antifreeze as well.

3) Fuel filters and additives — Condensation occurs in fuel tanks when the weather changes, allowing water to collect in the fuel filters. Replace old filters and keep a few in the truck with you while on the road. Adding a fuel additive will also help prevent jelling when the really cold weather hits.

4) Check tires frequently — The importance of tire wear cannot be overstated. Be sure all tires are inflated to the correct pressure and keep track of tread wear.

5) Keep an emergency kit handy —  Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

  • Keep a supply of non-perishable food items.
  • Pack a well-stocked medical kit.
  • Always have extra cold weather gear like blankets, gloves, hats, boots and sweaters.
  • Road flares are essential for flagging down help.
  • An extra radio with extra batteries is a good idea.
  • Cell phone and charger.
  • Carry extra coolant, washer fluid and engine oil.

6) Inspect hoses and belts — Anything that is worn or cracked should be replaced.

7) Electrical wiring — Inspect wiring for frays or other damage. Keep extra fuses on hand. Check periodically for loose or hanging wires that may collect ice and snow.

A little time spent now may save you a lot of time (and hassle) later. Be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you and prepare your truck and yourself for the road ahead.


September 15th, 2014

That’s right, drivers. In honor of your hard work and dedication throughout the year, this week is a celebration of you! All week, from Sunday, September 14, through Saturday, September 20, we will be hosting events and giveaways in your honor at each terminal across the United States. Also, keep your eyes and ears open for some special visitors!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week was founded to recognize and thank all 3.2 million of the men and women long-haul drivers who keep our country and economy moving.

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Below are the dates and times of our Con-way Truckload Driver Appreciation Cook-Outs!

  • Joplin: 9/12 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lancaster: 9/18 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • West Memphis: 9/17 and 9/18 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Laredo: 9/18 and 9/19 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Taylor: 9/18 and 9/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to each and every one of you. You work hard, you pay attention to detail and you strive for the best in safety and carefully deliver our clients’ precious cargo every day. We salute you, Con-way Truckload drivers. Thank you!

If you would like to share a special message with fellow drivers, visit our Facebook page,

For more information on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, check out this video on the ATA website.


September 12th, 2014

When was the last time you had your breaks inspected? This week, inspectors will be checking the brakes on trucks throughout the country as part of the Operation Airbrake program — the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sponsored Break Safety Week (September 7 through 13).

We’re sure that you know how to keep your brakes in top condition for your safety and the safety of others on the road, but here are the items that will be checked during your inspection:

• Drivers license
• Registration
• Low air warning device
• Pushrod travel
• Brake linings
• Air loss rate
• Tractor protection system

Some examples of brake issues to be aware of include:

B  Cracked Brake Bracket Photo B
This is an example of a cracked brake pod mounting bracket and supports that are cracked on the braking system. These can be serious issues, so be sure to look closely. Note: Sometimes it could just be paint coming off but it never hurts to get a second opinion.

C Missing snap Ring Photo C
This shows a missing snap ring that holds the slack adjuster to the S-Cam. If this should happen on your equipment, the brake on that wheel end is no longer working.

For more information, visit To start a conversation about brake safety with fellow drivers or ask questions, visit

Stay safe out there!