Salt Lake City to Host Trucking "Superbowl of Safety"by Jana Ritter - Published: 8/19/2013
This week, hundreds of the nation's top professional truck drivers will head to Salt Lake City for the 76th National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. They will compete for the most prestigious title in trucking: Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
This year, there will be 422 drivers representing all 50 states in one of the trucking industry’s biggest and most important competitions - the “Super Bowl of Safety.” The event takes place August 20-24 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Each year, NTDC is hosted by American Trucking Associations and for the third straight year, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC is the sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion award.
Each state sends competitors in eight classes of vehicle, ranging from straight trucks to tank trucks, as well as an affiliated competition for step vans. These drivers will test their mettle over four days, demonstrating their driving prowess on a world-class safety course, their knowledge of the industry and safety practices in an exhaustive written exam and an inspection to show their expertise and familiarity with the trucks they work with every day.
ATA's National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the United States competing at company, state and regional levels to make it to the national competition Aug. 20-24 in Salt Lake City. The NTDC annually attracts over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators.
“These drivers exemplify what is great about our industry,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves, “a dedication to safety is unmatched and a commitment to deliver the nation’s goods efficiently and professionally. The hard work and passion these men and women exhibit to even qualify for the NTDC is something we all can learn from.”
In addition to the NTDC, the nation's top vehicle enforcement officers will compete in the 21st annual North American Inspectors Championship, hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.
For more information about the even visit the 2013 National Truck Driving Championships website and follow NTDC next week on Facebook.