Earlier this month, one of our professional drivers, Bobby Chilcoat, achieved the career milestone of 3 million accident-free miles.
Bobby joined the company in January of 1991. He also served as a driver trainer and regularly competes in the Missouri State Truck Driving Championship. Last year, he even took first place in the sleeper berth class, earning him a spot in the national finals competition.
Hank Bartos, president of XPO Logistics’ truckload business, commented: “Bobby has joined an elite group of professional drivers, and his accomplishment sets a high standard for safety excellence. He is one of only four drivers in our truckload operations to achieve 3 million accident-free miles — the equivalent of nearly six round-trips to the moon!”
Keep reading to see our interview with Bobby about his insights on traveling 3 million safe miles, his most memorable times on the road and more.
Q: How does it feel to drive 3 million miles accident-free?
Bobby: It’s hard to believe. There are no words to describe it, really. You drive out there every day and hitting that milestone never goes through your mind until the last few months when you realize you’re almost there and you do everything possible to stay safe.
Q: Do you have a favorite place you’ve seen over the past 3 million miles?
Bobby: For me, one of the prettiest places is Columbia River Gorge off I-84. I just love – and still love — driving that one. It’s one of the most beautiful sites.
Q: When you joined us – did you think you would reach 3 million miles?
Bobby: That wasn’t even in my vocabulary. I just needed a good job at the time and I always enjoyed traveling. My father-in-law recommended the company to me.
Q: Turnover is significant in this industry - what made you stay here at CFI/Con-way/XPO?
Bobby: I love to travel. The job fits my needs and I enjoy the people here – they’re always try to help me out and I like that.
Q: How would you advise drivers to be as safe as you are?
Bobby: I’m going to go back to one piece of advice my father-in-law always told me — Use your mirrors. Know what’s around you at all times. If you do that, you’ll be able to see the accident that’s trying to find you before it happens.
Q: Is there anything else you want to share about your accomplishment?
Bobby: There isn’t a secret to what I’ve done. If everyone would just slow down, they could do 3 million accident-free miles. Just slow down and pay attention.