Holland driver wins Michigan truck driving championship
Holland professional driver Mike Tobolic placed first in the five-axle class at the Michigan Truck Driving Championship. He will go on to compete in the 2012 National Truck Driving Championships in Minneapolis, August 7-11. Tobolic has competed at state driving competitions since 2003, always in the five-axle class. He also placed first in the Michigan competitions and qualified for nationals in 2004. A professional driver for 38 years, Tobolic has been a city driver out of the Holland Grand Rapids, MI terminal for over 34 years. He is an active member on the Grand Rapids terminal Safety Committee, and also serves as a driver trainer at the terminal. In 2004, Tobolic was named Michigan State Driver of the Month by the Michigan Trucking Association, and was also presented with the Chairman's Award. In 2006, he was nominated for the prestigious America's Road Team. "Safe driving requires not just skill, but a good
attitude," said Tobolic. "You have to remain calm and courteous behind the wheel. Every day brings a challenge, but you have to always keep your cool and stay focused." Holland drivers are encouraged to use driving competitions as a way to hone their driving skills, and improve safety. "Drivers like Mike are what make Holland the industry leader that it is today. Safety in and of itself is always a top priority; but the unmatched levels of safety that drivers like Mike provide also translate into unmatched service and reliability," said Scott Ware, president of Holland. To qualify for the national championships, drivers must place first in their respective class at state competition. Both the state and national competitions include challenging driving skills and maneuvering tests, a pre-trip inspection, and a written examination covering vehicle operation and federal safety regulations. To participate in the state competitions, drivers must be accident-free for one year.