Bartosz Zapart, the winner of the national YETD final in Poland, also excelled in fuel-efficient driving. Here’s his view on the competition – and how he will prepare for the European final in April 2015.
What’s your secret to achieving low fuel consumption?
The most important thing is the ability to predict and analyse what’s happening on the road.
Do you think about how you drive in your daily work?
Yes, of course. The way I drive my truck has a direct impact on my company’s cost of doing business. Lower operating and transport costs for the company can transfer directly to me as financial benefits.
What was the most difficult exercise today?
Economical and defensive driving. I was aware that you had to have a little bit of luck on the road with traffic, lights and so on. You needed to focus on the higher-rated elements of the YETD contest. The easiest for me was the safety and health discipline. I’ve faced similar situations on the road in the past, so it went smoothly.
What makes you the best young driver in Poland?
I’ve practised a lot, and I strive constantly for self-improvement, but it was also my lucky day. I had prepared for the national final for a long time. I practised first aid and analysed the best way to discover defects in the check before driving part. During my daily work I tried to create situations where I needed to practise manoeuvring. I wasn’t afraid of difficult entrances, tight corners and so on.
How will you prepare for the final in April next year?
I plan to practise further in the various categories of the YETD contest. I did well in the eco-driving training at the Scania Driver School, and this will certainly be useful in preparing for the European final. I plan to contact Wojciech Kobierowski, who won the YETD national final in 2012. I want him to tell me about his experience in the European final that year.