Career choices come later in life for some folks, but for Reddaway driver Scott Bunn the choice was made as a young boy. Scott has been with us since 1983 and has racked up over 3 million accident-free miles on the road as a Reddaway driver, and over 4 million miles in total. Read Scott’s story…
Early Years in Rural Nevada
Scott Bunn grew up in a small rural town in East Central Nevada where new faces were rare and freight trucks only came every 3 weeks or so. Each time they’d come to town with deliveries Scott would get excited. He honored the drivers in the trucks responsible for bringing everything to town from produce to furniture to lumber, and had hopes of becoming one of them some day. Even at a young age Scott was able to see that truck drivers were making a difference and were very important to the businesses in his town.
Because of his early interest in truck driving, Scott began working with large machinery and driving trucks in high school while working for a construction company. Driving off-road in rural Nevada on the uneven, sandy terrain isn’t something you just go out and do. Older drivers taught him and rode along while he learned the ropes. Some even used it as their nap time, but Scott didn’t mind. He was too caught up in the excitement of driving a big rig to notice. After those early experiences he was sold on becoming a driver.
Reddaway Driver Know-How
At just 23 years of age Scott started out with Reddaway as a city driver. He is now a linehaul driver whose route is from our Reno terminal to Carlin, Nevada and back.
In all his years with us, Scott has driven over 3 million miles without a collision, which makes him the first Reddaway driver to achieve 3 million collision-free miles. How does he do it? Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and practicing common courtesy are his 3 main objectives.
“I tell all the new guys that it’s a lifestyle choice. Eating healthy and getting sleep are important because driving a truck requires constant attention. One second of inattention can change your life or the life of someone else,” says Scott.
Scott states it takes an entire team to be safe, and the team at Reddaway is tremendously supportive of each other. Dispatchers keep drivers off the road when they’re not feeling well and keep them out of LVCs (longer combination vehicles) when the weather is bad to prevent collisions.
“Reddaway has always been there for me. They are a relaxing, enjoyable company to work for and they always recognize your achievements.”
Scott competed at the 2016 Nevada Truck Driving Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, April 23 along with 11 other Reddaway drivers. At the event he was presented with the 2016 Driver of the Year award for the State of Nevada.
As always, it was no surprise to find his wife right by his side to watch him receive his award. In addition to this prestigious award, he also holds the 2016 Destination Green Environmental Excellence Award from YRCW and the Nevada Master Truck Driver award. We couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments!
Life at Home
Since Scott is home every night, he and his wife get to spend a lot of time together. You might think with him on the road every work day that he wouldn’t want to travel during his free time, but that is one of their favorite things to do together. Whether it’s a week-long vacation or just a weekend getaway, they try to travel whenever they can.
“Instead of kids, we have horses,” says Scott. Much of his time outside of work is spent riding and taking care of his horses. But horses aren’t the only thing he rides! He and his wife have a Harley that they often ride together. It’s fun for them to just get out of the house and cruise in the open Nevada air. The beautiful landscapes and fiery orange sunsets are a plus.
We want to give a big shout out and thank you to Scott Bunn for his years of excellent driving and for always having a positive attitude. To join the Reddaway team and become a driver like Scott, check out open positions online today!