The Straight Truck Driver Handbook/Workbook and ancillaries provide a comprehensive, turn-key curriculum for preparing younger readers for a career in the trucking industry. Trucks are the major mode of transporting goods in a constantly growing US economy and as a result, there is an ever-growing shortage of qualified truck drivers. On any given day of the week, the 1.4 million truck fleets in the US suffer from a shortage of 300,000 drivers and these companies are anxious to find good, qualified drivers to deliver their goods. This book not only prepares new drivers to fulfill these positions successfully, but the book and its ancillaries represent the first such curriculum of its nature offered in the US and Canada.
An Introduction to Trucking. Understanding The Vehicle Controls. Hours of Service. Inspecting Your Truck. Understanding Your Vehicle Systems. Controlling Your Truck. Changing Gears. Backing Safely. Awarenes of Your Surroundings. Communicating with Others. Managing the Space Around the Truck. Managing the Truck''s Speed. Driving at Night. Driving in Very Bad Conditions. Awareness of Hazards. What to do in an Emergency. Controlling and Recovering from Skids. What to do if there is an Accident. Special Vehicles. Communications and On-Board Recording Systems. Preventive Maintenance and Servicing. Recognizing and Reporting Malfunctions. Handling Cargo Safely. Cargo Documentation. Keeping Yourself Healthy and Safe. Trip Planning. Getting Along with the Public and Your Employer. The Commerical Driver License (CDL).