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Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Training 5th Edition

Alice Adams, PTDI

  • Available July 2019
  • 752 Pages
Starting At 130.00 See pricing and ISBN options


When your students need proven training for career success, depend on the resource even the pros trust: Delmar’s TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING, Fifth Edition. Delmar is the only official education partner of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), which means this valuable resource is the perfect choice to provide up-to-date, comprehensive knowledge to help students succeed at every stage of their careers. The Fifth Edition includes updated material reflecting new minimum standards for Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In addition, the text now features Skill Drills and Safety Checks at the beginning and end of key chapters to reinforce key skills and safety practices essential for today’s professional truck drivers.

Alice Adams,

Alice Adams is an educator and a veteran transportation writer for various national trade publications, as well as for the Houston Chronicle. After serving in academic positions at Odessa College (TX), Houston Community College, and the University of St. Thomas, she has authored several transportation industry books, including texts used in public, private, and proprietary professional driving schools.


Since its inception in 1986, Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has become the nation’s foremost advocate of standards and professionalism for entry-level truck driver training. The purpose of PTDI is to advance commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver training, proficiency, safety, and professionalism by promoting high-quality truck driver training courses and by verifying and publicly attesting to their quality.
  • The Fifth Edition includes content carefully updated to align with new minimum training standards for Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
  • New Skill Drills and Safety Checks at the beginning and end of applicable chapters highlight key skills and important safety topics students will need to master and apply in order to succeed in today’s industry.
  • Text content is now available in MindTap, a complete digital solution that makes it easy to customize and manage your courses and lessons--and deliver engaging, effective learning experiences for today’s students.
  • Instructor Resources are available online, providing convenient access to valuable instructional materials and useful tools, including chapter-by-chapter instructor guides, presentation slides to complement text content, an image library, and a test generator.
  • End-of-chapter material and several appendices list useful industry resources, including relevant websites, reference materials, and trucking association contact information, giving students easy access to valuable information outside the text.
  • Developed in partnership with PTDI, the text content meets the latest curriculum standards in order to help secure or maintain PTDI certification for your program.
  • The text features content aligned to the most recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations and standards.
  • Useful illustrations and appealing photographs throughout the text help clarify important topics, bringing even difficult material to life, and engaging today’s visual learners.
  • An engaging, straightforward writing style helps capture students’ attention and make content easy to understand for readers of all backgrounds and levels.
1. Welcome to Professional Driving.
2. The Commercial Driver's License.
3. Control Systems.
4. Vehicle Systems.
5. Transportation Technology.
6. Vehicle Inspections.
7. Basic Control.
8. Shifting.
9. Backing and Docking.
10. Coupling and Uncoupling.
11. Sliding Fifth Wheels and Tandem Axles.
12. Preventive Maintenance and Servicing.
13. Recognizing and Reporting Malfunctions.
14. Communication.
15. Visual Search.
16. Space Management.
17. Speed Management.
18. Night Driving.
19. Extreme Driving Conditions.
20. Skid Control.
21. Hazard Awareness.
22. Railroad Crossings.
23. Emergency Maneuvers.
24. Accident Procedures.
25. Handling Cargo.
26. Cargo Documentation.
27. Special Rigs.
28. Hours of Service.
29. Trip Planning.
30. Transportation Security.
31. Driving International Routes.
32. Hazardous Materials.
33. Public Relations and Job Search.
34. Driver Health, Safety and Security.
35. Whistleblower Protections for Professional Drivers.
36. Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA).
Appendix A: Troubleshooting Guide.
Appendix B: Trucking Organizations.
Appendix C: Glossary.
Appendix D: Index.
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  • ISBN-10: 1337567744
  • ISBN-13: 9781337567749
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  • ISBN-10: 1337805130
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