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    Professional Drivers Associations

    There are a number of associations and other organizations for professional drivers ranging from truckers to other commercial drivers to stunt drivers and more.

    Whether you drive a big rig across the country, deliver newspapers, race professionally, or have a hobby or hot rod car, there is a group of other enthusiasts out there who share your passion.

    Commercial and professional drivers are certainly different from regular motorists, typically making their living driving trucks, stunt cars, race cars and other specialized vehicles. Associations are a place for these highly skilled drivers to obtain certificates and awards, for drivers to find work and employers to find drivers, and for motoring pros to share in their common experience.

    While many professional drivers, such as truckers, prize their independent work and lifestyle, professional drivers associations serve as both a resource and a link to the rest of the industry, however large or small it might be.

    While the highest-profile association for professional drivers is undoubtedly the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), there are a variety of driver organizations of many different speeds and sizes.

    When many people think of professional drivers, the first thing they think of is truckers. These drivers move the nation's economy by shipping a range of products, everything from fuel to food and more, across the country.

    One of the premier associations for truckers in the U.S. is the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which claims nearly 150,000 members. This North American group of truck owners and drivers move nearly a quarter million heavy-duty and other trucks in the U.S. and Canada.

    One driver group that lists driver resumes, jobs, employers and other resources for truckers and other commercial and professional drivers is the National Drivers Association (NDA). This organization and its site also provide information and resources for freight brokers.

    This is not the only online community for drivers, as hot rod and drag racing enthusiasts come together on the Web with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), a NASCAR-class organization geared toward the dragsters.

    Some driver associations, spread across the nation's states and regions, center on certain makes or period or car, such as the Porsche Club of America, an association dedicated to the German sports cars. Like other associations, the group holds motoring and meeting events where members can show off their cars and driving skills, and trade stories from the track or road.

    A similar group is the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (VSCDA). Like other driver associations, the VSCDA, a nonprofit with about 800 members, holds both driving and social events at various locations across the country, mostly in the Midwest.

    Another racing group that allows drivers to race their own vehicles on the organization's track is the Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA). This Connecticut-based group provides a high-performance racing experience to members in a safe, controlled environment.

    Whatever your driving profession, whether in film or on the nation's freeways, and whatever your vehicle, there is likely a drivers association that suits your interests and needs. Membership in such associations may provide professional contacts and work, and also helps you identify with others in your driving community.