training

I have boots that are older than 18 years

"If the industry wants to raise training standards to that of the military, then having 18-year-old interstate drivers would be fine. But until there is real change... 18-year-olds driving interstate is a bad idea."

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Wisconsin: Targeting enforcement for violations

Only one state does it better -- or in many truckers' perspectives, worse -- than Wisconsin. With more than 3 violations written for every inspection performed in 2014, the state closed in on category leader Connecticut.

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Bad ideas and agendas

“We're from the gubmint, and we're here to help.” --FMCSA (apocryphal) ... Wendy: "No thanks. Your kind of 'help' is what will destroy us all."

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Get involved: New training course, video from Truckers Against Trafficking

Along with a new version of its training video you can see here, the organization is offering a new interactive online training course for members of the trucking community interested in learning more about how just they can be a part of the anti-trafficking effort.

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Inward-facing problems

"Carriers have finally found a way to lower the quality of new drivers.... In the words of Moon Unit Zappa, 'Gag me with a spoon.'..."

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ICYMI: Putting a MATS badge to further use

I'm visiting old friends in New Jersey (near Philly) the first few days of this week. Back at it full bore no later than Thursday. Nonetheless, I've been meaning to share a blog post by my colleague over at CCJ, Jack Roberts, who also does a large majority of the equipment writing/test-drives that appear in Overdrive.  The post is an elaboration on an anecdote he shared with me shortly after MATS this year about the fortuitous circumstances ...

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Driver training: Introducing Bryan Spoon, owner-operator on the rulemaking committee

A podcast conversation with owner-operator and ELDTAC member Bryan Spoon; and DOT's Foxx asks "What if it all stops?", says the Onion.

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POLL: Ever trained a driver?

This poll looks at the extent to which readers have been involved in pre-CDL driver training, whether through a formal or informal process.

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How to engage potential drivers who are slipping away

A safe, practical graduated CDL program ... could bring more qualified drivers with long-term career potential, while screening out more of those who are better suited to four wheels than 18.

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What is an entry-level driver?

Will traditional training approaches survive an ELDT rulemaking? This and other issues were explored in the first meeting of the Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee.

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