PORTLAND, Ore. – For the team at Con-way Freight, safety is the top priority. That’s one reason that the less-than-truckload carrier has an impressive track record with safety, and why its drivers have earned the title of National Truck Driving “Grand Champion” three of the last four years.
This year, Carl Krites, a 31-year veteran and 12-year Con-way Freight driver from Wapakoneta, Ohio, took top honors at the annual American Trucking Association event.
“Safety is the number one core value at our company. We live and promote it every day,” said Bob Petrancosta, Vice President of Safety for Con-way Freight. “Carl exemplifies our commitment to safety – and it’s not an accident that yet another Con-way Freight driver took home the title.”
Con-way Freight awarded Krites with a new, 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck, a cash prize and exclusive use of a tricked-out 2010 Freightliner Cascadia® tractor with a Detroit Diesel DD13® engine. The Cascadia features custom decals heralding Krites’ championship, heated admiral seats with built-in massagers (donated by Commercial Vehicle Group), SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, power windows and more.
“It was so overwhelming to win the title, and to receive the Freightliner Cascadia is icing on the cake,” said Krites. “The ride is smooth, and the engine has great pulling power.”
Added Petrancosta: “Our drivers love not only the comfort and style found in the Cascadia, but its safety features, such as enhanced visibility, power mirrors and stability.”
Petrancosta also noted that Con-way Freight has taken safety a step further, by installing smart technologies in approximately 1,300 of its Cascadia tractors, including:
Meritor WABCO OnGuard™ Collision Safety System, which assists drivers in maintaining a safe following distance and helps avoid or reduce the impact of rear-end collisions by braking as needed;
AutoVue™ Lane Departure Warning system from Iteris, which warns drivers if they are inadvertently drifting out of their lane to help prevent an accident before it occurs;
Meritor WABCO Roll Stability Control, an active vehicle safety system that intervenes if a high rollover risk is detected while driving by automatically reducing vehicle speed; and
Factory-installed in-dash AM/FM radios to replace portable radios often brought by drivers into the cab. The in-dash units help reduce driver distractions by keeping their eyes focused ahead on the road.
“These powerful technologies are proven to help reduce accidents with commercial vehicles by addressing 80 percent of the most frequent types of accidents,” said Petrancosta. “We have a responsibility to protect not only our employees, but the other motorists we share the road with, and Freightliner makes it easy to add the best safety solutions available today.”
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