The state truck-driving championships are going on at the Iowa State Center in Ames. Brenda Neville with the Iowa Motor Truck Association says it’s an opportunity to showcase the professionalism in the Iowa trucking industry. She says basically tests all the skills required for a pro. They each take part in a personal interview and written exam, then take a driving test and a pre-trip inspection. After two days the best advance to national competition.
It’s not just wrestling a steering wheel that makes a trucker good, she says. They not only have good driving skills but also have a professional attitude and approach to the job they do. She says this is a way to reward them.
At least 120 of the best truck drivers in Iowa spent Friday at the championship, which concludes today (Saturday). She says like the state wrestling or basketball championships, “This is the event we do for the trucking industry and the drivers.” In addition to safety exhibits and lots of education for the general public, they’ll offer truck rides and today (Saturday) at noon will hold a celebrity drive-off through a marked course.
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Iowa Motor Truck Association