ABF Freight System Inc. announced that it is sending 16 championship drivers from 10 states to the 73rd National Truck Driving Championships, set for Aug. 3-8 in Columbus, Ohio. By winning state truck driving championships and by maintaining an accident-free driving record for the previous 12 months, professional drivers earn the right to compete in the National Championships.
“ABF is extremely proud of our drivers who have earned the privilege to compete in this year’s National Truck Driving Championships,” says Sam Cates, safety and security director for Fort Smith, Ark.-based ABF. “These 16 drivers are just a small sampling of the ABF professional drivers who on a daily basis safely deliver and protect the goods entrusted to us, bringing unmatched value-added logistics solutions to our customers. The reputation ABF enjoys as a trusted supply-chain partner and an industry leader in safety will be well represented with this group.”
Known informally as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” the annual event is sponsored by the Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council of the American Trucking Associations to promote driving safety among the nation’s three million professional truck drivers. Competitive divisions include straight truck, three-axle, four-axle, five-axle, tank truck, flatbed, five-axle sleeper, twins and step van. The comprehensive competitions include written examinations, pretrip inspection and a demonstration of braking, parking, backing and maneuvering skills.