Drivers Gear Up for Truck Driving Championships - with Brett Gerard

posted on Wednesday, June 05, 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!