National championship in the future for driver
Chad Pine, a professional truck driver for Shaffer Trucking of Lincoln, Nebraska, will advance to the National Truck Driving Championship in Orlando, Fla., August 9 – 13. Pine earned his spot by winning the Five-Axle Division at the Nebraska Truck Driving Championship June 12, 2011. Drivers compete in the state where their company headquarters are located.
Pine won the title this year after placing fourth in 2010, his first year in the safe trucking competition. He’s been a professional truck driver for just three years, making a career change with full family support once his five children were grown. Pine says his dad was a professional driver for over 35 years and he’d always enjoyed riding along when he was younger. Now Pine enjoys driving and seeing the different states.
To qualify for the state championships, participants must maintain an accident-free record for a minimum of 12 months. In addition to the driving required in the competition, participants also complete a written exam covering federal truck regulations, take an oral exam given by the Nebraska State Patrol, and inspect a truck to identify safety defects.
Pine says safety is the most important part of his job. “You always have to watch the traffic around you,” he says. “Always remember that it could be your wife, or child, or friend or a fellow truck driver who could be hurt if you don’t keep safety always first in your mind.”