While Davie Metzger always had a fascination with trucks, he took a while to find his way to a career as a professional driver.
“As a kid I was always impressed with trucks; I would see these guys driving the big trucks and I thought how cool that would be, but I never thought it was something I would actually do,” said Davie. “When I got out of the Air Force, I got a job with a holding company as a residential engineer, and became chief industrial engineer. During that time I started driving part-time for my stepfather’s oil company. I did that about 15 months, liked it, and decided to make driving my full-time career.”
One thing that Davie thinks could help reduce accidents on the road is increased education of the driving public on how to safely share the road with trucks.
“A lot of people out on the road have forgotten what it takes to drive a car or a truck,” said Davie. “People need to pay more attention, put their phones and their books and newspapers down. When you’re driving to and from your job, you should make driving a part of your job, and pay attention to what you’re doing.”
Davie is a big believer in educating the public about the “No-Zones,” the blind spots in which cars "disappear" from the view of the truck or bus driver.
“Con-way Freight often takes part in events, where we go out to the public and set up cars around a truck and invite people to get up and sit in the truck’s driver seat,” said Davie. “Every time, they’re just amazed to look in the mirrors and realize they can’t see the cars at all.”
When asked how he has managed to drive for so long without an accident, Davie credits being attentive and alert at all times.
“I’m always paying attention to my driving and my surroundings,” said Davie. “I try to be active, checking my mirrors and gauges and thinking about how I would respond if something were to happen.”
“Two million miles is quite a milestone, not many people can make it,” he said. “You are truly a professional if you can make it that far. About a month before I reached two million miles, I got a little nervous, but I just got out there and did what I’ve been trained to do and what I’ve trained others to do and that’s just to pay attention, get your rest and do your job very professionally.”
Davie is based out of Con-way Freight’s St. Louis service center and is a resident of Bethalto, Ill. He has been married for 26 years to his wife, Susan, and has four children: Matthew, Amanda, Davie John and Anna; and three grandchildren: Rachel, Brady and Hayden. He is a member of the American Legion, and his hobbies include bowling, landscaping, hunting and riding all-terrain vehicles with his grandchildren.