Ken Fryar has driven for J.B. Hunt for only three years, but he knows this is where he wants to retire.
“I love driving for J.B. Hunt,” says the intermodal driver. “I don’t see me moving anywhere or anyplace.”
Ken started as a regional intermodal driver running out of Chicago and transferred to his current position as a local driver.
“The transition wasn’t bad, but it’s a big difference between moving regional freight and local freight. You’re in and out of the truck more. I move a lot of freight. So when I am working, I am moving.”
When asked what his favorite part is about driving local, Ken didn’t hesitate.
“Home time” he answered. “I love going home. I love if I want to see my daughter, I can. I can go out and see the guys and I get to ride my motorcycle a lot more than when I was a regional driver.”
Ken’s typical day as a driver includes him coming in around 6:00 am, getting his paperwork from his manager, Erin, grabbing breakfast, pre-tripping his truck and then heading out for the day.
“Once I get in the truck, it’s constant moving all day long. The work flow is very heavy, very steady and it’s consistent. If a driver’s looking for work, they come to J.B. Hunt. Believe me, it pays out.”
Another perk about driving local, Ken says, is having an onsite manager.
“This is like a family atmosphere—she (Erin) makes sure I’m taken care of. You can talk face to face and fix things. If the manager can’t fix it, it will go to the next person, but it’s not going to go past two steps. It’s going to get taken care of.”
Ken also trains new drivers. He gives his trainees a bit of advice.
“Every job has its ups and downs, but for the most part with J.B., the ups and downs I have, it’s nothing you can’t get over.” Ken also encourages drivers coming in from regional or OTR to keep at it and keep safety their first priority. “You’ve got to keep your eyes constantly moving,” Ken said. “A lot of city drivers don’t understand what we do.”
“At J.B. Hunt, I found home time. This company has a very bright future and I love what I do,” said Ken.
Interested in being a local driver like Ken? Call 1-877-791-9458 or pre-qualify here to find your fit with J.B. Hunt.