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NTDC: Competition Breeds Better Drivers, Safety Directors Say


Sam Faucette of Old Dominion
If anyone is measuring the enthusiasm in the viewing stands this week at the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh, some of the loudest cheering probably will be from the safety directors working at carriers large and small.

The benefits generated by NTDC, known as trucking’s Super Bowl of Safety, are incalculable because safety awareness and excellence are contagious, safety directors said.

“They’re the cream that rises to the top,” Jerry Peterson, safety director at Bulldog HiWay Express in North Charleston, South Carolina, said of the 426 drivers competing this year.

“And usually you find that they’re the team leaders in the companies — just a step above,” is the way Peterson summed up their standing among their peers.

Many of the competitors, he said, are the same drivers that end up on their state road teams or on the America’s Road Team, sponsored by American Trucking Associations.

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The championships — 77 years old this year — do “nothing but promote good,” added Peterson, who goes each year as a volunteer to help with the event.

“It’s nice to be able to go and just see the best of the best . . . drivers coming from every state in the union, in nine different categories, just to compete and show their company and their families that come with them what they do and how well they do it.”

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By Michele Fuetsch
Staff Reporter

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