After 30 years with J.B. Hunt, local dedicated truck driver Johnny racked up four million safe miles, and his colleagues were eager to recognize his well-earned milestone. “I pulled into the yard and everyone was in the yard. They had put a banner up at the gate… it said congratulations on your four million miles,” he said. “It was really nice. It makes me want to do better.”
Johnny first began his J.B. Hunt career with a nudge from his wife. “I was over the road at the time and my wife said, ‘Why not go to work for J.B. Hunt? It’s a good company with good benefits’,” he said. “I decided to see what it was like.”
He quickly noticed J.B. Hunt’s emphasis on safety standards throughout his training and practiced them daily. “Safety every day. Day in and day out. From the time you turn the switch on until you turn it off and get out of the truck,” he said.
Johnny drove over the road for a number of years until J.B. Hunt acquired a new customer, allowing it to offer local and dedicated driving jobs. He jumped at the opportunity and went local. “I was home every night. It was a big difference,” he explained. “I have more home time and can do things on the weekend.”
As his career rolled along, so did his safe mile count. Johnny gradually hit one, two and three million miles. “It felt good… it felt better to achieve even more,” he said. “I was just making sure that I was safe every day.”
When he reached two and three million safe miles, Johnny attended the Million Mile Celebrations at J.B. Hunt’s corporate office in Lowell, Ark., and plans to make an appearance this year to celebrate his four million safe miles. “It was really nice. I enjoyed it. It was very entertaining. It was my first time seeing Mr. Hunt’s office,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone [at this year’s event].”
With every million safe miles, Johnny received safety bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $40,000. He’s put the extra cash to use. “I put it in the bank. The wife, she takes it all,” he laughed. “Most went to pay bills and we did take vacation and went on a cruise. It was my first cruise.”
Johnny offers advice to current J.B. Hunt drivers eager to reach one million safe miles or four million safe miles. “Work hard every day and safety first. Follow the guidelines, day in and day out. All it takes is one time to get in an accident.”
At the age of 69, Johnny still isn’t ready to retire. “I haven’t thought about it yet. My health is still good. I’ll know when it’s time,” he said. “I enjoy working for J.B. Hunt and appreciate the opportunity to do what I like and accomplish what I accomplish.”
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