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FedEx to send 78 drivers to championships

By Kristie Busam - eTrucker
Posted Aug 8th 2007 6:35AM

fedex.jpgA record 78 drivers from 38 states representing the FedEx companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 22-25 in Minneapolis.

Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the championships, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations, by capturing first-place honors at the state level.

Collectively, the FedEx state champions have nearly 1,500 years of professional driving experience and have safely driven more than 92 million miles, enough to circle the globe almost 3,700 times.

The FedEx drivers will compete against nearly 400 others for national titles in eight different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and industry knowledge.

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6 Comments

  • - December 10, 2009
    Edith Dean-=|=-Not sure if you have a good sleeper or not - but if you do - good. Most van drivers have to throw a pallet or cot-sized mattress down in the back when there is room (freight takes precedence). Many owners do not take the driver into consideration when buying a van. Panther could definitely benefit from having a criteria for vans as Panther does for straight trucks before allowing them to be signed on. I believe Panther would be the winner in the long run due to better driver satisfaction and less driver turnover. Satisfaction means less expense for orientation.
  • - December 10, 2009
    Edith Dean-=|=-Not sure if you have a good sleeper or not - but if you do - good. Most van drivers have to throw a pallet or cot-sized mattress down in the back when there is room (freight takes precedence). Many owners do not take the driver into consideration when buying a van. Panther could definitely benefit from having a criteria for vans as Panther does for straight trucks before allowing them to be signed on. I believe Panther would be the winner in the long run due to better driver satisfaction and less driver turnover. Satisfaction means less expense for orientation.
  • - December 10, 2009
    Craig-=|=-Important lesson learned. On a load, freezing temperatures, keep the van running.
  • - December 10, 2009
    Craig-=|=-Important lesson learned. On a load, freezing temperatures, keep the van running.
  • - December 14, 2009
    Tim Taylor-=|=-Frankly, most expeditor companies have far too many nit-picky regulations already. If it's not a genuine safety or image issue, leave the owner/operators alone! We have enough silly things to cope with... we're smart enough to make good decisions from learning experiences!
  • - December 14, 2009
    Tim Taylor-=|=-Frankly, most expeditor companies have far too many nit-picky regulations already. If it's not a genuine safety or image issue, leave the owner/operators alone! We have enough silly things to cope with... we're smart enough to make good decisions from learning experiences!

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