THREE PHASES OF TRAINING
By the use of small, informal classroom situations, short homework assignments, personal attention to each student’s individual needs and varied audio-visual aids, we are able to cover the most important aspects needed by today’s drivers.
Some of the subjects covered during the 100 hours of classroom training are: Orientation, Trucking Nomenclature, Industry Makeup, U. S. DOT Regulations, Driver’s Daily Logs, Hours of Service, Vehicle Components and Operation, Transmissions and Shifting, Defensive Driving, Accident Prevention and Reporting, Freight Documents and Map Reading. A quiz or test to insure the retention of the information follows most classroom lecture and homework.
The latest information on the Commercial Drivers License is provided and incorporated into our program of instruction. Students will be prepared, during instruction, to pass all aspects of the CDL knowledge tests.
The basics of truck driving are taught by careful step by step introduction to the equipment, combining classroom and practice lot vehicle familiarization, with pre-trip inspections, forward maneuvering, coupling and uncoupling.
The students’ backing techniques are built slowly, starting with straight line backing, then progressing through arc back corner backs, alley docking, and parallel parking.
During the lot training, each person encounters rodeo type obstacles and can sharpen his or her maneuvering techniques in close quarters. The combination of classroom and lot training totaling the first 5 weeks of school are concluded with the student’s first experience with a tractor trailer on the public highways. During this preliminary road test, each trainee’s progress and ability will be evaluated.
After successful completion of the classroom and lot training, students are assigned to experienced road instructors who drive in actual over-the-road hauling situations. All road training takes place where the candidate can observe proper operating techniques and practice his own driving skills on modem equipment in an actual job-like atmosphere.
Any trucker will tell you that experience is the best teacher and at Professional Drivers Academy, most graduates average upwards of 1000 miles in the 8 week course.