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It’s that time again; the time when the world’s best truck drivers get ready for the biennial Scania Driver Competitions held at various locations around the globe. The international competition has become the stuff of truck driving legend since it was first established in 2003.

Sponsored by Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, the original intent of the competition was to foster an environment conducive to increasing professional driver safety through education and training. The inaugural competition drew only 18,000 participants, according to Scania’s Mikael Person. The company is expecting upwards of 85,000 for this year’s competitions. Person told HGV UK they have already seen 500 pre-registrations in Germany alone.

The focus of the 2014 competition is demonstrating the ability to stay calm while handling surprise situations. According to Person, truck driving is more than just moving a commercial vehicle from one point to the next. There are many things drivers must pay attention to that have little to do with acceleration, braking, or steering. Handling road crashes is but one example.

With so much to concentrate on, it’s easy for commercial drivers to succumb to the stress of surprise situations. Scania hopes to encourage training companies and those involved in the haulage and transport industries to adopt programmes that will address these types of things. If a driver can be trained to remain calm even under great stress, he or she will be much better equipped to handle emergencies.

Truck drivers interested in participating in the 2014 Scania competition can find more information by visiting the company’s website. It has a dedicated page specifically for the competition, along with the drop-down menu for drivers to choose their country of origin. Competitions will be taking place all around the world throughout the summer months.

About the HGV Training Centre

The HGV Training Centre is one of the leading providers of commercial driver training in the UK. Our truck driving courses provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to pass their tests and earn their licenses. Nevertheless, beyond just passing tests, we strive to ingrain in each of our students the need to be safe at all times.

Our training is conducted by experienced professionals who know what it takes to be excellent commercial drivers. Whether training occurs in the classroom or behind the wheel, each of our students is trained in a manner that is highly effective and consistent with modern standards.

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The HGV Training Centre offers training for a number of commercial vehicles in nearly every class. We can teach you to drive an articulated lorry, tipper truck, light goods vehicle, horsebox, minibus, full-size bus, or coach. Virtually any commercial driving need you have can be met at one of our 60+ facilities around the UK.

You can begin truck-driving training right away as long as you possess a full car licence. You just need to pass a routine medical exam and apply for your provisional entitlement. Ring us for more information.

Sources:

HGV UK – http://www.hgvuk.com/03/27/scania-driver-competitions-on-horizon/

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