CLACKAMAS, Ore., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — (NASDAQ: YRCW) — Two Reddaway professional drivers have won top honors for safe-driving skills in the states of Utah and Nevada. Joe Kwiatkowski placed first in the flatbed class at the Utah Truck Driving Championship. Scott Rideout placed first in the twin trailers class at the Nevada State Truck Driving Championship.
Kwiatkowski and Rideout will go on to compete in the 2012 National Truck Driving Championships in Minneapolis on August 7-11.
Kwiatkowski has competed in the twin trailers and flatbed classes at state driving contests for the past six years. His win in the flatbed class qualifies him for his first-ever trip to nationals. A professional driver for over 22 years, Kwiatkowski has worked for Reddaway for 19 years. He has logged over one million consecutive safe-driving miles and 16 years without an accident. Kwiatkowski is a linehaul driver based at the Reddaway terminal in Saint George, Utah.
Rideout, who has worked for Reddaway for two years, has logged 875,000 consecutive safe-driving miles since beginning his driving career nine years ago. He is a linehaul driver at the Reddaway facility in Reno, Nev. and a member of the terminal’s safety committee.
Reddaway drivers are encouraged to use driving competitions as a way to sharpen their safe-driving skills. “Skilled, safety-committed drivers like Joe and Scott are what allow Reddaway to remain regional leaders in on-time, claim-free shipping. We are proud and thankful to have these superb service-minded professionals on our team,” said Dave Yonemoto, director of safety for Reddaway.
To qualify for the national championships, drivers must place first in their respective class at state competitions. Both the state and national competitions include challenging driving skills and maneuvering tests, a pre-trip inspection, and a written examination covering vehicle operation and federal safety regulations. To participate in the state competitions, drivers must be accident-free for one year.