MEET BOB REID: TWO MILLION MILE DRIVER
Most drivers look forward to reaching one million miles before leaving their trucking career to the next generation. At Christenson Transportation, more than 20 percent of drivers do. However, for Bob Reid a 40 year veteran driver and owner operator, achieving 2 million miles is more incentive to keep driving.
Reid recently took delivery of his third tractor in 12 years. With Christenson Transportation, it’s easy to lease a tractor, or buy one outright as Reid did this time around. “I’ve always been a Peterbilt guy,” Reid said. “I haven’t had a chance to break this 386 in yet, but I love the feel of it, and it’s a really nice truck.” As a professional driver, Reid has the opportunity to choose just about any carrier out there, but he has chosen to partner with Christenson Transport and he’s not taking chances with any other carrier.
Reid was brought up in Tallahassee, FL and then he was off to California where he learned to drive a tractor as a young boy, Reid decided to keep the family tradition alive and joined trucking as soon as he was old enough to drive. Reid said, “I learned to drive a tractor at 14 or 15 years old. We moved around a lot but one thing was consistent. My love for trucking and it has never gone away.”
Reid Chose Christenson because they were a small carrier with big carrier benefits. When asked about the lifestyle of working for such a great carrier, Reid said, “It is just like working with family. Everybody knows who I am, and what I need to do to take care of my expenses. I love it here.”
Reid recalls the changes in the industry and wants the new drivers to realize how much more comfortable the ride is now. “In the last twenty years, trucks have gotten much better. They are safe and extremely more comfortable. One thing that hasn’t changed enough is the pay. ” Reid continues, “Owning a truck is nice, but it doesn’t change the fact that you have to work really hard to make a living. You really work harder because now you have equipment to maintain and pay for. Find a good company to work with and it makes all the difference.”
When it’s time to go home, Reid hangs his hat in Paxico, KS where he enjoys spending his home time catching catfish with his wife in the river on their property. After the honey-do list is complete. He looks forward to taking the grandkids fishing with them as well.