Thinking About Training New Drivers

One of the truck manufacturers which has been thinking about training new drivers is Volvo. The company has been developing its training system over the years and has declared its intention to work towards some kind of certification for drivers to enable for them to demonstrate their professional ability. Although still in its early stages, Volvo have declared their intention to take on the issue of driver availability and...

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Driver Shortage Issue

The, so-called, driver shortage issue comes from the way drivers are treated and regarded in the industry and in wider society. Another issue is the distinct lack of women working in the industry. An initiative, started by Volvo to help improve the driver’s lot aims to address the issue of getting more female truck drivers out on the highway armed with the skills the industry needs. In looking into the overall question, one of the...

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Rethinking Driver Training Straight Away

The ongoing shortage of good truck drivers means the trucking industry needs to start rethinking driver training straight away. The position taken by DECA, a long term member of the driver training community, sees it no longer offering the basic driver training to get the first licence. Instead the organisation has gone down a different track, creating the Pro-Driver program. This has been designed to address the skills gap it sees...

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Driver Testing is Inadequate for Trucking Industry

Some training organisations reckon driver testing is inadequate for trucking industry needs, especially when drivers go through their first step into the truck driving world, the step up from car to HR licence. At this point many will have had minimal experience handling large machinery or how such a large vehicle performs on the road, especially in an emergency situation.     To address the problem Armstrongs Driver...

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Getting Driver Training Right 

The current business environment means getting driver training right is even more important, creating professional truck drivers. The development of training, in the past, was all about getting tickets and ticking boxes. Training got drivers and other staff over the line to get a Driving License, Fork Lift License, Fatigue Management Accreditation, etc. Good training has always been about something more, about creating workers in the...

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Tipping Top Ten Tips

Diesel News presents the Tipping Top Ten Tips from truckies on YouTube showing off their tipping dog trailer reversing skills and showing us all how to do it. Experienced tipper and dog drivers know all about this but the subtleties of getting the steering just right are demonstrated by this excellent video showing the operation from every angle.   Here a quad dog driver shows us how to do it with a series of top tips, but some...

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