A math teacher wanted to instill in his students the concept of 1 million. On a Friday afternoon he announced to a roomful of high school freshmen that he would award a prize of $100 to any student who could present to him, in class on Monday, spiral notebooks containing 1 million, hand-written and individually numbered circles. Several students enthusiastically accepted the challenge.
Monday came and of course, there were no winners. One young man had doggedly stuck it out through Sunday, amassing an impressive total of 230,000 numbered circles. The point was made (and his money was safe). One million is a lot of anything.
Now imagine driving over a million miles. Better yet, more than 4 million miles. An Owner Operator for Con-way Truckload, Jon “Smitty” Smith, who has been driving for us since 1984, recently accomplished this very feat.
Smitty has driven an average of 133,000 miles per year for the past 30 years. The fact that the average yearly turnover rate in the trucking industry is between 95 and 100 percent makes this milestone even more impressive. Smitty attributes his longevity on the road to his enjoyment of the job, his desire to see the country and strict attention to safety.
Here are some tips to help you along the road to millions of miles:
- Aim high while steering. Always look further ahead down the road, than just the vehicle in front of you.
- Get the big picture. Keep a lookout all around, especially at intersections and stoplights.
- Keep your eyes moving. Caution, awareness and anticipation are key.
- Leave yourself an “out.” Position yourself advantageously in traffic.
- Make sure others can see you. Be visible.
Congratulations Smitty and thank you for your hard work and dedication over the years. Check out our photos from Smitty’s recognition ceremony on our Facebook Page.
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