OOIDA member Rick Herbert, a Yellow Transportation truck driver based
in Illinois, is the 2005 National Truck Driving Grand Champion.
Herbert’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck
safety information topped those of 363 other drivers from all across the U.S.
in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Tampa, FL, according to a
NTDC press release.
The contestants were the state champions – in eight truck types – from
all 50 states. Collectively, they have
driven over 484 million accident-free miles.
In their respective classes, they tested their expertise in the driving
skills they use daily. The competition
course inside the Tampa Convention Center included a scale stop, a rear line
stop, a rear dock parking exercise, a measured tight right turn, a front line
stop, and straight line driving along a narrow path of tennis balls, the
Herbert, of Villa Park, IL also won the individual four-axle truck