Drivers Gear Up for Truck Driving Championships - with Brett Gerard
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
This will be Brett's 2nd year competing in the Truck Driving Championships!
GPC: You've been driving for 28 years, what made you want to become a professional truck driver?
Brett: I grew up around trucks. My dad was a truck driver for 40 years. He taught me how to drive and introduced me to the industry.
GPC: This is Eric's first time competing at the Truck Driving Championships and he has a few butterflies. Do you go through that as well?
Brett: Sure - everyone does! I get especially nervous right before the driving portion. I just try to focus and go out there and do what I do every day. Everyone is positive and cheering you on, so that does help soothe the nerves.
GPC: Do you still feel like you need to train for the event?
Brett: Yes. I feel the best thing to do is practice in a parking lot. Practice backing up - get as close to the line as you can. Practice making corners without hopping the curb. A lot of the driving portion is about depth perception. It's really stuff you do every day when you're driving - you just become more focused on the precision.
GPC: What do you think is special about this event?
Brett: The atmosphere is a lot of fun. I like talking to the other drivers that are competing - you meet a lot of cool people. You are surrounded by people who love the trucking industry and what they do.
GPC: Tell us a little about you and your family.
Brett: I've been married to my wife Laurie for 26 years. We have 4 daughters (Dayna, Shelby, Jaime and Cassidy) and 4 grandkids with a 5th on the way in August! On the weekends we love to spend time with our grandkids.
GPC: Any advice for up-and-coming drivers?
Brett: Don't be afraid to ask questions. You can learn a lot of tips and little tricks from other drivers that have been on the road a long time. Be prepared for a lifestyle change. You're going to be away from home a lot - so you do need a supportive family.
Best of luck to you Brett!