Yes. This is completely real. There’s something called the National Truck Driving Championships – and Memphis’ own FedEx came out on top in a number of events at this year’s competition, held from August 20-24 in Salt Lake City.
Twelve drivers representing FedEx placed in the top three in their respective divisions – including three event champions.
Hosted by American Trucking Associations (ATA), this annual contest allows competitors to duke it out using a variety of trucks. Winners get bragging rights and some impressive trophies.
But this isn’t a high-speed race. It’s actually known instead as the “Super Bowl of Safety.”
The Championships are a great incentive for professional truck drivers to operate safely, because they must be accident-free for at least one year prior to the competition. Many of the competitors have millions of accident-free driving miles to their credit.
During the TDC and NTDC competition, each driver has a chance to demonstrate his or her driving and inspection skills, knowledge and professionalism through a series of tests. The drivers undergo a written examination, personal interview, pre-trip inspection test and finally, the most visible – the skills test.
These folks turn truck driving into an art. And their knowledge of the craft saves lives every day. Amazing stuff.
To give you some idea of how this competition works, here’s a video from the 2012 championship in Minneapolis: