Lebanon, Tenn. – Twenty-nine drivers from around the state will test their skills at the semi-annual Tennessee Motor Coach Association’s Driver Safety Rodeo Aug. 2-3 at Cumberland University’s football field parking lot, located at 417 Harding Drive.
Drivers will measure their mental abilities in a written exam and their driving maneuvers in a timed obstacle course. The winners will earn trophies, prize money and the reputation of being among the safest drivers in the Tennessee.
The event begins with a luncheon and educational sessions on Aug. 2 at Comfort Suites in Lebanon, Tenn. Lisa Rouse, Special Agent of the Tennessee Division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will teach motor coach owners and drivers about safety procedures. Following the safety seminars, drivers will take the written exam.
On Aug. 3 at 8:00 a.m., drivers will compete in the skills course. They will be tested on eight skills: left turn, right turn, stop line, off set alley, backing, parallel parking, serpentine and diminishing straight line. Points will be earned at each obstacle in the overall course time. Some judges will be on board the motor coaches, measuring each’s driver’s performance behind the wheel.
Safety while operating a motor coach will always be of the utmost importance, since drivers are transporting precious cargo: people. Statistics have shown motor coach travel is one of the safest types of transportation in the United States, with recent safety measures implemented. For more information, view the fact sheet distributed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
About the Tennessee Motor Coach Association
The Tennessee Motor Coach Association was established in June of 1995 when a group of concerned motorcoach owners were called together at the urging of the North Carolina Bus Association. Having experienced the many benefits of an active association, NCBA members convinced attendees that a state association would have a major impact on the travel industry not only in Tennessee, but throughout the nation as well. With their help, TMCA was born that day as officers and board members were elected.
After establishing by-laws and requirements for membership, the new association quickly began a recruitment program for active members. Our ultimate goal is to promote the advantages of group travel by motorcoach and broaden the spectrum of destinations throughout Tennessee and America. To do this our association made a commitment to enlist operator members that were willing to join in a “team effort” to educate and inform the traveling public of what our unique industry is all about and how we can serve them better.
As a result, our association has grown to include 23 motorcoach operator members in the state of Tennessee and 11 affiliated operators from outside the state of Tennessee. We have 11 Tour Planner, which are companies that plan trips and use our member’s coaches. We also have over 300 Associate members from all over the U.S. that sell to our members. This can be attractions, hotels, restaurants, tour receptive, insurance companies or parts and services. In just a short period of time our members realized the tremendous advantages of working together in unity. Although competition is still a major part of our everyday business, operators now are able to compete in a healthier market due to knowledge gained and shared through cooperative efforts of our membership. Through social events, regular meetings, and specially designed training and seminars our members have managed to stay on the leading edge of today’s ever changing industry. Issues such as State and Federal legislation, safety, public relations, tourism and travel related programs are constantly monitored by the association in order that its members maintain the highest standards possible and enhance the image of the motorcoach industry.
Terri Merryman, Director
Wilson County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau