There’s nothing like a sudden freezing winter snap to test the skills of a truck driver. For truck drivers, winter brings many challenges with the greatest coming from hidden black ice. This is ice on the road that is difficult to see until you hit it, and your wheels and brakes suddenly start to lose their grip. However, the roads themselves are only one part of the test that truck drivers face each winter. Simply parking for a few hours to
If you want a long and happy (and successful) career as a truck driver, then you’re going to have to keep your commercial drivers license clean. You need to minimize any issues with your license, especially those that could potentially see your license suspended or cancelled. The first step to achieving this is current knowledge of all the relevant trucking laws. There are a number of ways of achieving this. If you work for a good company, especially a trucking company,
Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility, but this is especially true for truck drivers who are flying down the highway with several tons of steel under their control. Of course, there are many factors that can affect the safety of a truck on the highway, but the driver is ultimately going to be responsible if something goes wrong. For this reason, rules and regulations have been put in place to try and keep drivers safe while on their routes. One
There are several requirements besides the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test that must be met prior to being given the privilege of driving a big rig. Some of these regulations are health related, but all of them are ultimately safety related, and they are all created to save lives on our roads. Driving a truck is a huge responsibility, and as a result, there are age limitations to go with this major responsibility. All intrastate
If I mention the phrase “truck driving safety,” most people will think of a truck driver sticking to the road rules. The term “safety” is applied to everything a truck driver does on the road in terms of keeping the load safe, the driver safe, and other drivers safe. There is more to truck driving safety than that – much more. Road safety is important. However, for a truck driver and their employer, the truck and its load are also important.
There is a perception from outside the industry that truck drivers have only one commitment – to get their load to its destination on time no matter the cost. The perceived cost is that of safety. This perception is totally misguided since, without truck driving safety, there is a good chance the load won’t make it to its destination at all. Truck driver training places a focus on this balance between safety and being on time. A good truck driver
Obtaining a commercial drivers license is really only slightly different than obtaining a standard car license. You will need to prove that you understand the road rules as they pertain to truck driving. You will also need to prove that you know what the various components of a truck are and safety rules associated with trucking. Naturally, you will also need to prove that you can actually drive a truck, and this will include maneuvers such as reversing and parking. To