Ala. trucker to compete in "The Super Bowl of Safety"

Posted by: Matthew Russell

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Trucking Association has crowned a new king in the state.  Thomas "Ross" Garner, a FedEx Freight driver, was named the best professional truck driver in Alabama after winning the three-axle competition and receiving the highest overall score in the 2010 Alabama Truck Driving Championships.

Garner has the opportunity to compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships August 3-7, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.

The "Super Bowl of Safety" will test over 400 truck drivers in their driving skills, knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry.

Every state will be represented in the competition, Alabama having eight representatives.

The eight representatives have each won a different category at the Alabama Truck Driving Championships.

Any type of truck that makes it to the championships will be tested by having to drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily, including: an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop, and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry having more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

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