On Saturday, May 31, drivers from companies all over the state of Oklahoma met in Oklahoma City, OK for the Oklahoma Truck Driving Championship. Every year the Oklahoma Safety Management Council (OSMC) and Oklahoma Trucking Association (OTA) hold a competition for some of the state’s most talented drivers. This completion gives these great drivers a chance to showcase their driving abilities. The competition includes events that test every aspect of driving. Drivers go through a personal interview, written exam, pre-trip inspection and a skills course that includes backing, parking, turning, and of course, precision driving.
This year there were 90 total participants. Each driver is entered into separate categories, 5 axle flatbed, step van, 3-5 axle dry van, tanker, straight truck, and twin trailers. Each company brought trucks and trailers to use in the competition. The participating drivers use different companies’ trucks, to prevent any added advantages. This makes it difficult on the drivers, but it helps them prove their true abilities.
Some of the competitors that attended the 2014 event were Walmart, ABF, MHC, Melton Truck Lines, FTC Transportation, and FedEx. Each company sent some of their most talented drivers to represent them. The winners of the competition in Oklahoma City get a chance to go to the National Truck Driving Championship. The National Truck Driving Championship is a similar event held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in August. The winner of each category gets the opportunity to go on and compete with the best drivers in the nation!
Hundreds of people came out to volunteer and support their drivers. The volunteers helped set up, judge, and organize the event. After the competition there was an awards banquet for the drivers and volunteers.
Many people wouldn’t consider truck driving a competitive sport, but the talent required to drive a truck and pull a trailer with precision accuracy is incredible. The drivers that attended were very talented and take their jobs very seriously. The Truck Driving Championship is a place where they can show off their skills and their love for driving.