Choosing a career as a professional driver just made sense for driver sales representative David Dorminey. His father drove for almost 40 years, and encouraged David to pursue a career in trucking.
“My dad took me driving with him a few times when I was young,” said David. “He put me behind the wheel and said, ‘OK, now you drive.’ That’s how I learned.”
Before he began driving professionally, David also tried his hand working as a farmer — growing peanuts, soybeans, corn, watermelon and cantaloupe. He also spent some time as an electrician. While he enjoyed aspects of both professions, he knew he needed a job that would provide a steady paycheck, and wouldn’t keep him cooped up inside all day. So he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a driver.
David says the biggest challenge he faces in his job is contending with the other drivers on the road, who are often distracted and simply not paying attention to what is going on around them.
“People should not be talking on their cell phones or texting while driving,” said David. “It’s just dangerous. I wish people would wait until they got where they were going or pulled over instead.”
David says that to be safe on the road, it is important to pay attention to other drivers, be able to anticipate what they’re going to do next, and be ready to react.
“You try to get into people’s minds and figure out what they’re about to do,” said David. “Once I was driving with my wife and I said, ‘Watch this guy, he’s about to cut in front of us to get off the exit at the last minute,’ and sure enough, that’s exactly what he did. It’s like a sixth sense you develop.”
Reaching two million miles is an achievement of which David says he is proud.
“I put it out of my mind after I reached one million miles, because it does take a while to reach that many miles,” said David. “Then the closer I got to two million miles, the more nervous I got, because at that point I was so close, I definitely didn’t want to have an accident then! But I made it, and I am proud of reaching that goal.”
A resident of Dothan, Ala., David is based out of Con-way Freight’s Dothan service center. He has been married for 23 years to his wife, Teresa, and has four children: Justin, 28; Blake, 22; Jarred, 20; and Lauren, 9; and three grandchildren: Hannah, 8; Kase, 15 months; and Carter, three months.