During 2012, Scania organised its driver competitions for the fifth time. Never before have so many drivers from so many countries participated. In a survey, contestants said they become better drivers after having participated.
The winner of Scania’s Young European Truck Driver (YETD) 2012 competition is Gabriel Warde and he comes from Ireland. Although he is the winner this year, the transport sector is the winner in the long run.
In 2012 about 17,000 drivers from 24 countries participated in the YETD competition. This is more than ever, despite the shortage of young truck drivers in Europe.
Raising driver’s awareness
The competition is basically a training programme aimed at raising awareness of how the driver can contribute to improved road safety, reduced environmental impact and lower fuel consumption. And the competition seems to have had an impact.
“Since the first competition in 2003, we have noticed that the base standard has become much higher, but there is scope for continued training,” says Mikael Person, Project Manager, Scania Driver Competitions.
The competition has been improved continuously. This year a new event was added, in which drivers could show their skills in first aid and putting out a fire, something that was appreciated by both the audience and the competitors.
“When we organise the next competition, which is planned for 2014, we will continue to emphasise safety,” says Person.
Big European final
The fact that the contest has been organised five times is also reflected in the number of visitors at national finals and at the big concluding European final.
“The competition gathers a loyal troop of drivers and journalists, but also attracts many members of the general public wherever we compete,” says Person.
In connection with this year’s final, visitors had the opportunity to visit Scania’s chassis workshop in Södertälje, Sweden. No fewer than 11,000 people took advantage of this opportunity.
What the drivers think
Scania asked a number of questions about the competition to all the drivers who completed the theory test. Here are some of the results.
- Their main reason for entering the competition is not to win the first prize, a vehicle from Scania worth about EUR 100,000, but to improve their driving skills.
- Far from all drivers who register for the competition get as far as the practical events stage. In fact, most drivers find the theory test challenging.
- Nearly eight out of ten drivers say they have become better at driving fuel efficiently after participating in the competition.
- Nine out of ten drivers are convinced that their driving style affects the financial position of the company they drive for
About the competitions
- In addition to 24 European countries, Scania organised driver competitions in another 15 countries.
- Globally, between 70,000 and 75,000 drivers participated in the competitions this year.