Truck Driving Championships
The National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) dates back to 1937 when it was known as the National Truck Roadeo. Sponsored by the American Trucking Associations to promote safety, the championships require professional truck drivers to be accident-free for at least one year before and throughout the competition. Many competitors have millions of accident-free driving miles to their credit.
The championships begin at the state level: Most of the 50 states have 1- to 2-day competitions, although some states, such as Vermont and Maine, combine their competitions at one site. The state champions in each of eight competition classes compete at nationals.
During the state and national competition, each driver has a chance to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. The drivers undergo a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and, finally, the most visible—the driving skills test.
Professional drivers say that they are drawn to compete in the championships by the spirit of competition and by the prestige of being named the best of the best. The NTDC is described as being like the Olympics. Drivers compete to win but enjoy the camaraderie and excitement. In addition to first, second and third place awards, drivers vie for the Professional Excellence Award, the Vehicle Condition Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the ultimate designation—National Grand Champion.
YRC Worldwide has had many drivers earn top awards at the NTDC, including several National Grand Champions and Professional Excellence award winners.
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