While an early job on a Krispy Kreme sales route may have been “sweet,” DSR Bill Jeffries decided to trade in the perks of free donuts to be a professional LTL driver.
“Becoming a driver was a good move for me and my family,” said Bill. “It’s definitely a better job, with better pay and opportunities.”
Bill says he likes the freedom that comes with a career spent on the open road.
“I’m on my own most of the time, which I like,” he said. “I also like that I’m not stuck in an office, or with a foreman standing over me. I know what the job is and I just do it.”
Bill thinks the public should be more aware of trucks, and how to safely share the road.
“I have to be very alert when I’m driving,” said Bill. “Most people don’t understand how a large truck operates, and they take it for granted that you can just stop or get out of their way. I think they just need to be a little more educated about sharing the road with trucks.”
When asked how he feels about reaching two million miles, Bill answered, “It’s an accomplishment, that’s for sure. I’m proud of everyone that has reached two million miles. I feel fortunate to have driven this many miles with Con-way Freight without an accident. I think some of it is luck, but it’s also skill, training and just paying attention to what you’re doing.”
A resident of Seymour, Tenn., Bill is based out of Con-way Freight’s Knoxville service center. He has been married for 43 years to his wife, Elizabeth, and has three children: Charles, Susan and Thomas; and four grandchildren: Anthony, 18; Sarah, 12; Gannett, 10; and Caleb, five months. His hobbies include sailing.