Top truck drivers vie in national championships

American Trucking Associations is welcoming more than 420 of the trucking industry’s top professional truck drivers to Orlando FL for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

These championships are taking place August 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

“Safety and precision will be the focus of these impressive professional truck drivers during this week in Orlando as they compete for honors at the National Truck Driving Championships,” said Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO. “Truck drivers work their entire careers and practice for moments like this to showcase their safety skills and compete among friends.”

The National Truck Driving Championships open August 9 with competitors taking a walk-through of the driving course and registering for the different class events. From there, competitors will compete in three phases of competition: a written examination testing background knowledge of rules and procedures pertinent to the trucking industry; a vehicle inspection to test competitors’ ability to detect vehicle malfunctions; and a driving skills test where competitors are graded on their ability to operate a truck through a series of obstacles.

Over four days, 428 competitors from all 50 states, including 35 first-time participants, representing 97 companies will compete for honors in one of eight different classes and the distinction of being crowned National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion.

The competition concludes August 12 with the announcement of the National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion, along with winners of each vehicle class and awards for the top-performing state delegation, rookie of the year and other recognitions.

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