Pride in Your Ride: Guest Blog by TMC Driver Joe Searfino Jr.

on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Life on the Road


“Where can you drive top of the line equipment with all the bells and whistles and work for a company that truly values your success and supports your goals? You guessed it, right here at TMC. From the moment you step foot into your orientation class, you are in good hands with a class act company.

When I went to truck driving school in the late nineties, I had no idea who I wanted to drive for until I saw a TMC brochure. On the front was an impressive black truck, which back then was a Kenworth T600. I was hooked from that day. Everyone in class said I was crazy and that flatbedding was nothing but hard work. And they were right, I am crazy, and the hard work is the best part about it!

After nearly a decade with TMC, I decided to make a career change and go back to school. I never realized how much I would miss being over the road, so in 2016 I was fortunate enough to have been re-hired by TMC.

I knew from my past with TMC that aside from safety, maintaining your equipment is of utmost importance. I take great pride in my ride, a brand new Peterbilt 579. Being raised in a strict environment and with my United States Marine Corp background, I have lots of pride and experience in keeping things in tiptop shape. I spend a lot of time on the road, but even in my down time on the weekends you can find me sitting on my black milk crate polishing my wheels, tanks and steps.

If I’m in Des Moines at our terminal for a layover, my favorite place to be is in the wash bay using the high-speed buffers on my truck to keep up the high shine. And out on the road if I'm at a truck stop doing my 34 hour reset, you won’t find me lounging around. If weather permits, I’ll be out there cleaning my truck. Drivers from other companies often come over and comment on how dedicated I am to keeping my truck clean. I tell them that it is not a company policy to do what I do, it's just my personal preference. I have very high standards and having a professional image is important to me. But really, I owe a lot of my work ethic to my former trainer, Jeff Floyd, who is now a VP in TMC’s Business Development department. He was one of the best trainers here and taught me how to run things the TMC way.

I like to look at my truck as my house, because I do live there most of the time, and I have many of the same policies. Never wear shoes on the carpet, keep the floors and windows clean, belongings should be neatly organized, etc. On occasion I even spend my own money to get my engine washed. Every day drivers are sitting somewhere waiting at a shipper or consignee. Why not use this time for a quick clean up?

Taking pride in your ride is so rewarding. I get thumbs up from passing cars, at lights I get people yelling how nice my truck looks. It's like the feeling you get when you get a fresh haircut at the barbershop. I love my job and I love the company that I work for. I'm a firm believer in if you take care of it, it will take care of you. So, everyone out on the road, be safe and keep it clean!”

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Joe Searfino Jr.