Truck driver-skill based competition, Extra Mile Challenge, has been launched for drivers to compete in locally UD Trucks has announced.
The global driver competition held every two years features tests aimed at demonstrating how improvements in driver behaviour can translate to safer driving, improved fuel consumption and reduced wear and tear on vehicles.
This year 12 drivers from three Australian dealerships will be hand picked by UD Trucks customers to compete in the challenge.
VCV Sydney Prestons, SCT Adelaide, and CMV Truck & Bus Dandenong are supporting their competing drivers through dedicated dealership Fuel Watch Managers over the following two months.
Committed to growing and developing drivers as a part of their dedication to customers, UD Trucks sees the Extra Mile Challenge as an opportunity for continuous improvement.
The Australian champion will go on to compete at UD Trucks' global headquarters in Ageo, Japan.
Drivers will be monitored through the course of the competition via the truck’s telematics system.
According to UD, the winner will not be determined by achieving a quantifiable figure, but rather by the most improved (highest positive percentage change) driver score across the length of the competition.
The change in their performance is measured on a base score developed over one week of drive time prior to the competition beginning.
In order to qualify for victory, the driver must complete a minimum of 180 hours or 15 hours a week of driving time.
UD Trucks Australia believes that the most improved drivers, who will be in close contact and correspondence with Fuel Watch Managers over the course of the competition, will in fact be the best drivers.
Each driving team partaking in the challenge will go through checkpoints at numerous intervals, where they will be updated on their progress, and given feedback and tips for improvement by their dealership Fuel Watch Manager.
“The new Quon in its EU6 configuration has proven to be a very fuel efficient truck right from launch," said Mark Strambi VP of Sales UD Trucks Australia.
"With the guidance and input from our dedicated Fuel Watch Managers, our customers will be able to realise even greater results across fuel and driver efficiency and safety,” he said.
The Extra Mile Challenge is run by UD Trucks International and supported by markets around the world.
Drivers, including those in Australia, are in the local qualifying rounds, encouraged to continuously improve their performance in four key areas: Anticipation and Braking, Engine and Gear Utilisation, Speed Adaptation, and Standstill.
Once the winners ascend on Ageo in April 2020, the metrics for victory change slightly, with the four key areas reduced to three; focusing on Pre-drive Inspection, Fuel Efficient and Safe Driving, and UD Trucks Australia Manoeuvring and Parking Skills.
The most successful driver across all categories will be crowned UD’s Ultimate Driver for 2020.