John Brown began his professional driving career in high school making customer deliveries for his parents’ furniture store after class. His love of driving only grew as he got older and it wasn’t long before realized that a career behind the wheel was his calling.
“I’ve always had a knack for driving, it just comes naturally to me and I really enjoy it,” John said. “By the time that I was six or seven, I was driving tractors all around my family’s property. I wanted to drive anything with wheels.”
John credits his desire to return home safely to his family and ensure the safe passage of other drivers on the road with helping him stay accident-free for two million miles.
“I want everyone on the road to be able get to their destinations without an accident,” said John. “And I certainly don’t want to be responsible for anyone’s bad day. I want to be as helpful as I can to other drivers. We all make mistakes so I do what I can to help minimize the effects.”
When asked how motorists can help to make the roads safer for everyone as well, John answers, “People need to leave a cushion between themselves and the vehicles in front of them — there is too much tailgating on the roads today. By giving the vehicle in front of you more space, you are giving yourself more time to react and slow down in any situation.”
John enjoys the challenge of driving professionally and is thrilled to have reached such a defining moment in his career.
“I’ve been through a lot of tough situations on the road, but by having patience and driving with respect for others, I have been able to keep myself out of any accidents,” he said. “It’s not always easy to be one of the safest drivers on the road, but it certainly is something to be proud of.”
A resident of Knoxville, Tenn., John is based out of Con-way Freight’s Knoxville service center. He has been married for 31 years to his wife, Terrie, and has two sons: Justen and James. In his spare time, John enjoys traveling, collecting and refurbishing antique furniture and his1966 Chevy Nova.