Drivewyze Names Tennessee-based Owner-Operator as its Featured Driver

Tommy Willis has a few haunts along his route on U.S. Interstate 40 through his home state of Tennessee. But there’s one place where he’s more than happy his truck’s shadow doesn’t fall – at least not anywhere near as frequently as it did.

Photos by P.J. Slowiack, Cleveland, Tennessee
Photo by P.J. Slowiack, Cleveland, Tennessee

It’s the westbound Knoxville weigh station near Exit 372 on U.S. Interstate 40, about 3 ½ miles east of the I-40 and I-75 interchange. Before he started using Drivewyze, Tommy says he would have to pull into that station several times each month.

“With its long rising grade from the interstate exit to the scale and station house, I always suspected I had to burn a lot of fuel to get through, especially when it was congested,” he says. “The weigh station bypasses I get from Drivewyze have done away with that. And I’m certainly happy about that.”

Now, Drivewyze has given Tommy one more thing to be happy about. Drivewyze has named Tommy a featured driver.

“We’re pleased to be honoring Tommy as our featured driver,” says Brian Heath, president of Drivewyze. “Driving trucks for a living can be a difficult and thankless job. With all of the delays and the traffic with which they have to deal day-in and day-out, it’s a wonder how any of them make money. We think it takes a special person like Tommy to build a successful business. That’s why we chose to feature him.”

Photos by P.J. Slowiack, Cleveland, Tennessee
Photos by P.J. Slowiack, Cleveland, Tennessee

“I certainly appreciate it being featured by Drivewyze,” Tommy says. “This honor was a pleasant surprise, almost as nice as the additional bypasses I get from Drivewyze whenever it adds new locations along my routes.”

Tommy hauls a variety of general freight such as paper towels, floor tiles and medical supplies in a 53-foot Great Dane trailer pulled by his 2001 Kenworth W900. When he first signed up for a free trial of Drivewyze in 2013, the mobile-based weigh station bypass was offered in less than 10 states. Drivewyze is now at 584 sites in 35 states.

A report generated by Drivewyze for Tommy shows that in January 2016, he received a bypass rate of 82 percent. The report calculated that since 2014, he has avoided wasting more than an entire day’s worth of delays. That savings represents more than 300 percent ROI based on Drivewyze’s $15.75 monthly cost. The report’s savings calculations use figures from a federal study, which showed that a weigh station stop, made for as little as 5 minutes at a time on average, costs an operator $8.68 in fuel and lost time.

Willis says the addition of more locations and more states, particularly the Florida ag inspection stations added earlier in 2015, has greatly increased Drivewyze’s value. He particularly appreciates how Drivewyze allows states like Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin to add readings from their weigh-in-motion sites as consideration for granting bypasses. That means inspection officers don’t have to pull in his truck and trailer into a weigh scale to know that he’s running within the proper weight limits.

“And I’m sure the commercial vehicle officers appreciate not having to waste their time looking at me and my truck,” he says. ”Especially the officers at the westbound Knoxville station on I-40.”