While he hasn’t driven professionally his whole career, working around vehicles has always been a way of life for Con-way Freight DSR Bobby Parker.
“My first job was actually as a car salesman,” said Bobby. “I worked for my father until he eventually went out of business, and that’s when I started driving a truck.”
One of the biggest challenges Bobby encounters on the road is other motorists, who he says can sometimes be less than courteous.
“A lot of people are in such a hurry, and they’re in a rush to pass you, so I just let them go,” said Bobby. “I also see people cutting over suddenly across multiple lanes of traffic to take an exit. That’s one reason why you always need to be alert, since you never know what the other driver is going to do.”
When asked how he feels about reaching the milestone of two million accident-free miles, Bobby credited his achievement to proper rest and staying alert at all times.
He added, “Reaching two million miles took a long time, and I’m proud to have reached it.”
A resident of Memphis, Tenn., Bobby is based out of Con-way Freight’s Memphis service center. He has been married for 33 years to his wife, Teresa, and has two children: Robert III and Tandi; and one stepson: Robert. Parker also has six grandchildren: Brittney, 13; Tyler, 8; Dillon, 8; Emily, 7; Clohe, 4; and Finley, 3. In his spare time, he enjoys riding motorcycles, horseback riding, waterskiing and bowling.