Driving a truck might seem like a simple task when you’re watching a skilled and experienced trucker on the road, but that’s far from the case. Driving trucks that are heavy, large, and dangerous take a great amount of skill. Before you can get a job as a trucker, you need to ensure that you have the proper training and experience behind the wheel. Here are some of our favorite training tools for truck drivers.
Integrated Safety Features
While truck driving is still dangerous, integrated safety features are taking long strides toward making it a safer profession. These safety systems include a radar system to sense when vehicles are too close, automatically adjust speed to maintain safe following distances, and camera systems that track your position in the driving lane and notify you if you cross lanes without a turn signal on. All of these helpful reminders can help you be a better truck driver and get more experience safely.
Learning Management Systems
Many truck training systems are now online so that you can access them anywhere and get a more immersive experience. In addition, many types of software include a variety of courses about trucks and truck driving including safety, how to read maps, electronic logging, and other practical things. Furthermore, many learning management systems also have quizzes and tests scattered throughout to ensure that you are properly absorbing the critical information.
Recording everything, and we don’t mean with a tape recorder, is absolutely necessary as a truck driver. Documentation is one of the only things standing between you and a ticket. Keep track of everything on the road including vehicle inspections, internal audits, and your driving times and amounts. Nothing is too small to write down, so use a smart system or an old notebook and pen system to keep track of your truck-related incidents.
Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star for All of Your Trucking Needs
Whether you are looking to upgrade your fleet to tow trucks or simply interested in the latest trucking technology, you can rely on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. We have provided top-notch service for the trucking industry for 30 years and would love to assist you in buying a new top-of-the-line truck, finding the specialty parts you need, or repairing your truck. Give us a call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474, or contact us online. To find out more about what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.