DSR Joe Wiley has been driving professionally practically since he got his driver’s license.
“It was a long time ago, back when I would go down south to visit my grandparents,” said Joe. “My grandfather worked in the fields and the man he worked for needed someone to drive the truck that hauled grain, and he was willing to teach me. I was probably 18 or 19 at the time.”
Joe moved on to a job working in a factory, but soon discovered that working inside all day wasn’t for him.
“I didn’t like being cooped up all day,” said Joe. “With driving, I get to see different places and different people, which I enjoy.”
While he started out driving his own truck, Joe decided he wanted the stability of working for a trucking company rather than continuing to work on his own, ultimately selecting Con-way Freight. He began working for the company in 1988 and reached two million miles of accident-free driving on April 11, 2009.
“I like working for a company that I am devoted to,” said Joe. “I feel like if you do a good job, then good things come back to you, and that is how it is at Con-way Freight.”
When asked about what he thought were his biggest challenges to reaching this safety milestone, Joe cited road rage and driver distraction.
“People are not paying attention to their surroundings, and too many are multi-tasking. I see people texting, and reading newspapers and books. It really throws their alertness off, and it only takes seconds to get into an accident,” said Joe. “For me to reach two million miles took being aware of the equipment I run with, and not being aggressive while driving. If someone wants to pass me, I just slow down and let them go. I like to be polite both at work and in my personal life. Besides, if you are an aggressive driver you will never reach one or two million miles, you will make a mistake somewhere.”
Joe is based out of Con-way Freight’s Gary, Ind., service center and lives in Ford Heights, Ill., with his wife, Mary Nel. He has seven children and five grandchildren and enjoys operating his ham radio in his free time.