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Today marks the kickoff of the final round of the fifth annual Young European Truck Driver (YETD) competition, being held this year in Södertälje, Sweden.

This event – sponsored by Swedish truck maker Scania – pits 24 finalists against one another over two days in a variety of fuel economy, safety and maneuvering trials.

The finalists – culled from an initial contestant pool of 17,000 drivers held over several months of regional and national-level driver-skill competitions – are going some pretty big prizes, too, with the ultimate winner going home with a brand new Scania R-series truck, valued at 100,000 Euros, which equates to a little over 127,000 in U.S. dollars.

[Here’s a glimpse of some of the action that took place in the regional and national rounds of the YETD competition.]

Following the qualification round today, 18 of the original 24 drivers will remain to head into the final round, made up of three challenges peged with some pretty cool names: “Combo,” “Knock the King” and “Super Z.”

Scania said that its YETD contest rewards accuracy and good judgment above speed, with the driver who makes the fewest mistakes coming out on top.

However, being efficient is important, the OEM stressed, so all the drivers work against the clock as well – that’s just is part of a driver’s daily reality, the company explained.

At the end of the day, Scania wants its annual YETD competition to highlight the importance of the truck driving profession, the skills required to get the job done safely and efficiently, while enhancing road safety awareness and proficient eco-driving among drivers as well.

Pretty good goals, if you ask me.  

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on Aug 16, 2013

My nephew works as a truck driver and he attended the Young European Truck Driver competition the last year, it was an amazing experience for him and he wants to go again to Södertälje, Sweden. I got so curious about this and should check my booking calendar, if I won`t have any appointments in that week I will go to Sweden to check it out.

on Aug 26, 2013

I participated at almost all YETD events, the last year I stayed at Gatwick hotel with parking when I attended the Young European Truck Driver competition. It was an amazing experience and I had a very good time there, I plan on going on a vacation with my wife there and I will surely visit the hotel once again.

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