When learning to drive a truck, it can be hard to consider non-driving factors such as pre-trip inspections and log books. One area of training that can be awkward is that of coupling and un-coupling. This may sound like a simple task, however, you’d be surprised how even experienced drivers get it wrong. Like a car towing a trailer, you need to ensure the tractor-trailer has been firmly attached to each other, and that includes the electrical and hydraulic connections.
When un-coupling, a truck driver needs to be aware of these connections, ensuring they are disconnected before separating the tractor and trailer. Coupling a trailer is the reverse; in fact, it starts with you reversing the tractor under the locking device on the tractor. Speed and accurate reversing are important – too fast and you could do a lot of damage.
At Diesel Truck Driver Training School, we provide a balance of over-the-road training, developing good reversing skills, pre-trip inspections, coupling and un-coupling skills, and more mundane topics such as log books and truck driver safety. Driving on the road may be where a truck driver spends most of their time, however, if you can’t reverse or safely couple your truck, then you won’t be going anywhere in too much of a hurry.
When employers look to hire new graduates, they are looking for those who have had well-rounded training. They are looking for drivers who have all of the skills required to start work immediately. All the employer need then worry about is training you in company-based aspects, like completing their paperwork and learning the company’s preferred routes.