Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that professional driver, Doug Phelps, surpassed the career milestone of driving 3 million consecutive, accident-free miles. Phelps, who started with the company in 1985, is the fifth of Con-way Freight’s 15,000 drivers nationwide to reach this safe-driving achievement.
Con-way Freight’s exclusive club of 3 million safe mile drivers include: James “Jackpot” Sutfin of Las Vegas, Tom Syme of Palatine, Ill.,Tom Strissel of Mundelein, Ill. and David Frazier of Winston-Salem N.C.
“There is no better illustration of our commitment to safety than the exceptional driving record of this remarkable professional,” said Tim Staroba, vice president of operations for Con-way Freight. “Doug is a credit to our company and our industry, and we are proud to honor him for his achievement.”
Over its 30-year history, Con-way Freight has honored more than 200 of its drivers for surpassing 2 million safe driving miles, and more than 1,600 who have achieved 1 million safe driving miles.
To put this accomplishment into perspective, 3 million miles is the equivalent of the space shuttle completing 177 orbits around the earth or running 114,504 marathons.
“I don’t think most drivers focus on how many miles they’ve driven in their careers,” said Phelps. “Our focus is on keeping the roads safe for everyone and doing the best job we can. When you keep safety as your number one goal, the miles just add up.”
Phelps, a 33-year veteran behind the wheel and lives in Morrisdale, Pa., with his wife, Margie. He is active in the 4H Club, animal rescue services and the neighborhood watch. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and horseback riding.