This year’s American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships will be held Aug. 10-13 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is sponsoring the Grand Champion Award for the overall top driver at the four-day event for the sixth consecutive year.
Drivers across the U.S. took part in nine classes of competition on company, state, and regional levels to qualify for a spot at the competition. More than 430 of these drivers will compete in the 2016 championship event.
Inside the Indiana Convention Center, drivers will be tested through a written exam, a pre-trip inspection test, and a skills-based competition course.
Drivers must demonstrate extensive knowledge of safety, equipment, and the industry, and put their driving abilities to the test on a course that challenges them to drive, reverse, park, and position their vehicles with precision. Challenges include scales, barriers, and curves, offering the chance for drivers to showcase their abilities in handling their trucks, judging distances, and maneuvering through tight spots.
Ronald Emenheiser Sr., a Walmart Transportation truck driver based in Yorkana, Penn., was last year’s grand champion award winner.
“The NTDC is the industry’s premier stage for honoring America’s safe drivers, and Bendix – where safety is always the top priority – welcomes the chance to support and take part,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government and industry affairs. “At every level, these drivers deserve our recognition and thanks for sharing our commitment to highway safety, and we extend wishes of good luck to all the 2016 contestants.”