Nation's top truck drivers on the road to Orlando
Aug 10, 2011 10:47 AM
Over 400 top professional truck drivers from all across the United States are in Orlando FL for the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) and National Step Van Driving Championships (NSVDC) running August 9-13, 2011 in the Orange County Convention Center. The "Super Bowl of Safety" is sponsored annually by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
The NTDC and NSVDC contestants are state champions from all 50 states. States send winners from each class of competition – from 18-wheeled five-axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers to straight trucks--eight competing classes in all with an affiliated competition for step vans. The 19th annual North American Inspectors Championship will again take place alongside the Championships in Orlando.
Drivers will compete for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. ATA’s President and CEO Bill Graves will kick-off the first day of driving, Thursday, with the ceremonial Breakfast of Champions. Drivers then head to the competition course, which recreates real-world obstacles that drivers encounter daily, such as an alley dock, a rear and/or front line stop, a scales stop, a right or left turn, parallel parking, or straight line driving through a diminishing clearance. Five classes will drive Thursday and four classes will take to the obstacle course Friday.
For more information, visit the 2011 National Truck Driving Championships website: www.truckline.com/Federation/Councils/slpmc/NTDC/Pages/Default.aspx
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