Securing the “Europe’s best truck driver” title and the first prize, a premium Scania truck, involves more than just keeping water in the container. The driver’s attitude is also assessed, which Evsäter mentions regularly in conversation – mainly because it is particularly important to get high scores in this area. The driver’s attitude includes an awareness of fuel economy; topographical knowledge and making the best of the terrain; and time planning. But it also includes qualities such as an ability to keep calm, be effective and maintain a good attitude in all kinds of traffic situations.
The transport business is in great need of more drivers, and one of the main purposes of Scania Driver Competitions is to inspire interest in the profession.
“There is a lot of discussion about the shortage of drivers in all our markets,” Evsäter says. “With Scania Driver Competitions, we aim to encourage more people to become drivers, and to raise the status of the profession. We consider the drivers who enter the competition to be our heroes, and in each country we get hundreds of drivers who become great ambassadors for the transport business.”
“It’s fantastic to witness the drivers’ engagement and joy when they win,” she says. “The driver who won in Ukraine got down on his knees and cried for joy. Having these kinds of experiences is the best part of my job.”
Helena Evsäter (to the left)
Activities Coordinator at Scania
Road safety, improved fuel consumption and minimising the environmental impact of truck driving… The European Commission’s 2003 directive on driver training inspired Scania Driver Competitions – the biggest event of their kind in the world. This year’s competition is open to participants from 30 European countries.
Helena Evsäter, Activities Coordinator at Scania, is responsible for the different challenges in the competition. She is among the 25 Scania who regularly tour Europe with three Scania Driver Competitions Trailers carrying all the equipment required to support the various local markets in arranging their finals.
- Check before driving – here, the challenge is to identify as many traffic deviations as possible on a prepared vehicle in 10 minutes.
- Fuel economy driving.
- Defensive driving – showing good judgement in traffic situations, both economical and well planned driving. Attitude and behaviour are also assessed.
- Boardwalk – a manoeuvring track designed to test the driver’s skills and ability handle the truck’s size and position.
- Water challenge
- Knock the King – a precision driving test that involves knocking over the right cone in the right way.
- Rescue and fire – testing the ability to act quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation.
- Manoeuvring track of the driver’s choice (Reverse Z or Super Z or Combo – Reverse Z). These tracks test the driver’s ability to move a vehicle in all directions with the utmost precision.
- Cargo securing.
- Water challenge
- Head 2 Head (Knock the King) – precision driving where the task is to knock down the right cone in the right way, at the same time as an opponent does exactly the same thing. The duel approach adds another dimension: stress.
- Head 2 Head (Knock the King)
Your prize awaits
In addition to being crowned the best truck driver in Europe, the winner gets approximately €100,000 to spend on a brand new custom-made Scania truck.