Driving his truck through narrow streets in Italy and Slovenia was just the training Matej Ohojak needed to excel at Scania Driver Competitions. The 29-year-old was recently crowned Slovenia’s Young Truck Driver of the Year.
Matej Ohojak is proof that hard work truly can pay off.
The 29-year-old driver with a forestry product company Miloš Ohojak failed to make the 2012 finals of Scania’s Young European Truck Driver competition in Slovenia.
Improved skills and more confidence
Determined to do better this year, he improved his skills and returned with more confidence. At the national finals, Ohojak won the defensive driving, fuel economy, and fire and rescue challenges and placed second best in Knock the King on the way to being crowned Slovenian champion.
“I still can’t believe that I won,” he said after the final. The competition jury declared Ohojak was the most improved entrant in this year’s competition – an indication of the dedication he put in.
Aided by professional experience
From the town of Kobarid in the Soča Valley near Slovenia’s border with Italy, Ohojak works for his father’s sawmilling business. He primarily transports products into Italy and has worked as a professional driver for nine years. He drives a 480 hp Scania truck.
Ohojak said his training regime was simply trying to get better at his every day work. He found the Super Z challenge the most difficult because he had never done it before, but was aided by his professional experience. “I’m used to driving on narrow streets as part of my job,” he says.
Ohojak’s favourite challenges were fuel economy and defensive driving because he was relying only on himself.
He now has his sights set on the European final in Södertälje, Sweden. “I’ll prepare the same way I have until now – through everyday work,” he said.