By Richard Shapiro, Virginia Trucking Injury Lawyer
Nine professional big rig drivers from West Virginia are competing in the National Truck Driving Championships that took place Aug. 11-15 in St. Louis MO.
They joined several hundred other tractor trailer drivers in the event, which was held at America’s Center Convention Complex & Edward Jones Dome Center. The WV big rig drivers earned their way to the national safety competition for truckers based upon their performance in the WV state competition in June.
The event had 420 highly skilled and safe truck drivers from all 50 states. The four-day event testing their safe driving skills, as well as their general knowledge of safety and equipment.
The drivers had to negotiate a tough obstacle course in various rigs, including an 18 wheeler five axle sleeper, a tank trunk and even a twin trailer rig. The obstacle course was designed to recreate the challenges that truck drives have to deal with every day, such as:
- Alley dock
- Rear line stop
- Side park
- Scale stop
- Right turn
- Front line stop
- Straight line driving through reduced clearance
The names of the WV truck drivers were: