Through a Saturday morning drizzle, vehicles sped along Interstate 10 past the Highland Road exit. In a few hours, some of the drivers likely would be in front of a TV watching the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Yet, several hundred feet away, another version of March Madness was taking place.
“This is a real big deal,” said Henry Bruster, one of the competitors from UPS Freight and an America's Road Team captain (see LiveOnWeb driver recruitment and retention video).
One that might help those nearby drivers make it to their destinations.
The 2016 Louisiana Motor Transport Association Truck Driving Championships took place March 18-19 in Baton Rouge. For 108 drivers — seven more were unable to get in from Texas because I-10 was closed at the Louisiana state line — it was a chance to test their skill and knowledge against their peers.
“There’s a difference between a truck driver and a professional truck driver,” said Bruster, 39, who lives in Woodville, Mississippi, and drives for a Louisiana office of UPS. “I take pride in what I’m doing.”