Mack Trucks will again sponsor a Driving Skills Safety Challenge during the World of Concrete show. The competition will be held in the Silver lot No. 4 next to the Renaissance Hotel outside the Las Vegas Convention Center on Feb. 3-5. The competition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and Mack also will hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. each day for contestants.
The competition is open to any driver at least 18 years of age with a valid commercial driver’s license who completes an application form, shows proof of operator training, and is registered for the show. This year’s event will include individual and team competitions (two operators per team).
Contestants will choose one Mack Granite model mixer to operate through a closed course set up to simulate an actual jobsite. Operators must complete a pre-operation safety check and navigate the skills course successfully; each individual will have one attempt. Scoring will be based on accuracy and adherence to safety procedures. Specific scoring rules will be provided at the event. Complete rules for the competition can be found here.
First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on each day of the competition during an awards ceremony. Mack will give away more than $10,000 in prizes during the three-day competition. In addition to trophies, the following prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the individual, as well as to each operator in the top three two-person teams:
Also, All contestants will receive a Mack hat, money clip and duffel bag.
“We think it is important to recognize the contribution drivers make to jobsite safety every day,” says Michael Reardon, vice president of marketing for Lehigh Valley, Pa.-based Mack. “It takes real skill and awareness to be safe and productive on a busy and crowded construction site, and this competition is one way to highlight the professionalism of mixer truck drivers.”