DAF Driver Challenge: Meet The Judges

6th April 2018

In May 2018 at the Millbrook Proving Grounds, 20 drivers will be put to the test to see if they have what it takes to call themselve a DAF Driver Champion. But who will be judging and scoring our drivers, ultimately making the decision about who goes forward to become a champion?

In total, six judges will be involed in the the challenge, today we're proud to annouce the first three judges for the competiton, Mandy Wannerton, Ron Smith, and Ian Joyce. Let's find out a bit more about our first three judges.

 

Mandy Wannerton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you become a truck driver and driver trainer? 

3rd generation of transport family – my wendy house was my dads cab and playgroud the transport yard.

How long have you worked with DAF?

1999 on and off

What are the main things you teach drivers about driving a modern truck?

Know the trucks features so the truck does the work not you.

Why do you think it’s important for DAF to host a Driver Challenge?

Truck driving and drivers are often shown in a negative light – you only read about the bad . The DAF driver challenge recognises the good and celebrates  it.

Why is Millbrook Proving Grounds and ideal location for the DAF Driver Challenge? 

You ever been there!!!!!

What will you be looking for from entrants into the DAF Driver Challenge?

A good all rounder.

What do you think it takes to be a DAF Driver Champion? 

Simple, like the product you need to be the best.

 

Ron Smith

Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you become a truck driver and driver trainer?

I became a truck driver because when I was a child I used to go out with my Dad in his truck and from the age of 6 all I wanted to do was drive trucks, I passed my test in 1996 and drove for 11 years and then became a driver assessor then a driver training supervisor and then a training manager with 12 members of staff working for me.

How long have you worked with DAF?

About 6 years on and off and 14 months permanently.

What are the main things you teach drivers about driving a modern truck?

To use the controls for their benefit and to use the momentum of the vehicle as much as possible to save fuel.

Why do you think it’s important for DAF to host a Driver Challenge?

It is good for DAF as a top manufacturer to challenge professional drivers and also for the winner the Kudos of winning against such top competition.

Why is Millbrook Proving Grounds and ideal location for the DAF Driver Challenge?

Millbrook is ideal because the of the varied off road types and within a safe road network environment.

What will you be looking for from entrants into the DAF Driver Challenge?

Professionalism.

What do you think it takes to be a DAF Driver Champion?

Attention to detail, professional  and up for the challenges that await them at Millbrook.

 

Ian Joyce

Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you become a truck driver and driver trainer?

Ian Joyce AMSOE AMIRTE, Vehicle Handover Specialist & Driver Trainer at Ford & Slater DAF.

I have held a HGV Class 1 (C+E) licence for 29 years – this was something I was determined to have from a very young age. I grew up in and around the Road Transport Industry. Becoming a Driver Trainer has given me the opportunity to share my vast knowledge and specialise in something I am very passionate about.

How long have you worked with DAF?

I have enjoyed 32 years with a DAF Trucks main dealer. This has given me an excellent opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the industry and I have been a DAF Driver Trainer since 2015. The training I have received from the DAF Academy has provided me with the expertise required to demonstrate the capabilities of the DAF Truck range.

What are the main things you teach drivers about driving a modern truck?

The latest trucks are designed to be driven in a certain way to get the best out of them, both in performance and economy. This is the message which I deliver to drivers. By familiarising them with the new technology available to them, they are given a better experience behind the wheel and this, in turn, provides lower running costs for the operator.

Why do you think it’s important for DAF to host a Driver Challenge?

The DAF Driver Challenge is an excellent platform to showcase some of the professional and talented drivers in the Road Transport Industry. It is an opportunity for them to gain recognition for the excellent work they do, delivering vital supplies to all industries throughout the UK and Europe.

Why is Millbrook Proving Grounds an ideal location for the DAF Driver Challenge?

Millbrook offers one of the best vehicle testing facilities in the UK, with a variety of both on and off-road courses to challenge the vehicle and its driver – the ultimate test! Millbrook provides excellent hospitality and is a central location with easy access from all major routes.

What will you be looking for from entrants into the DAF Driver Challenge?

I will be looking for the best of the best, the drivers who just give that little bit extra – making the difference when faced with each challenge. I will look for an excellent all-round knowledge and the ability to carry out each task presented to the highest standard.

What do you think it takes to be a DAF Driver Champion?

Commitment, skill and an excellent understanding of the many challenges faced by professional drivers on a daily basis, together with a desire to win!

Stay tuned to find out the next who the next three judges are or head to daf.co.uk/thechallenge to find out more about the challenge.


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