All Worked Up: Latest Trends In Vocational Education

Safe Driving Tips For Newbie Heavy Rigid (HR) Truck Drivers

Posted by on September 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safe Driving Tips For Newbie Heavy Rigid (HR) Truck Drivers

Safe driving is something you will be taught in the training school. However, you are likely to forget these skills over time. Being a defensive or safe HR truck driver actually requires regular driving, and being your first time on the road without an instructor, you may not have all the skills you need at your fingertips. For this reason, here are some defensive or safe heavy rigid truck driving tips you need to remember to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of other drivers on the road. Avoid the Centre Lane Whenever Possible Try as much as possible to stay away from the centre lane, especially if you are driving under the speed limit or at the speed limit. This will help prevent instances of vehicles driving past you on both sides. Since a heavy rigid truck has many blind spots, there is a high risk of you causing an accident if you stick to the centre lane. Therefore, always remain on the left lane. Create a Buffer Zone Creating and maintaining a buffer zone means that you are keeping your truck away from distractions and that you have enough room to escape through whenever there is need to. That is, a buffer zone helps you have an escape route in case something unexpected happens abruptly. For instance, an animal may jump into the way or the driver ahead blows a tyre and steps on the brakes instantly. Where would you go? You need to have enough room so that in case you have to swerve instantly, you won’t cause an accident. Maintaining a safe following distance is one way to do this, but you also need to ensure that the side of your truck is free from any distractions. You can do this by slowing down or speeding up anytime a vehicle tries to match up its speed to yours. The bottom line is that you want to make sure that the lane next to you is always clear. Keep Your Distance An HR truck is definitely heavier than most of the other vehicles on the road. This means that your truck will need a greater distance to come to a halt. Safe braking is important, so make sure your safe distance is more than that of other vehicles on the road. In bad weather, such as in heavy rains, you may want to increase this safe distance even...

read more

Why Heavy-Duty Commercial Truck Drivers Should Possess High Risk Licences

Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Heavy-Duty Commercial Truck Drivers Should Possess High Risk Licences

Driving heavy-duty commercial trucks is a risky job since the occurrence of road accidents is quite a frequent phenomenon. For that reason, you need to employ commercial drivers who are licensed to work in high risk trucking environments. The following points will help explain the benefits of doing so. Reduce occurrence of road accidents. When commercial drivers fail to secure heavy or dangerous loads onto their vehicles, the loads can fall from the back of the trucks and possibly injure other road users, such as pedestrians and motorists. For cases involving the transportation of hazardous items, e.g. corrosive chemicals, explosive gases, flammable liquids, etc., commercial drivers who have acquired high risk licences can provide the specialized care or handling required to prevent any serious accidents. These commercial drivers will ensure that all consignments are carefully loaded and strapped onto their trucks and won’t hesitate to inform you immediately in the event of any safety concerns, e.g. a leaking fuel tank, when the consignments are in transit because they are familiar with the dangers of continuing with the journey. Mitigate risk of damage to the consignments. If possible, all merchandises should be delivered in the same condition as they were received. Unfortunately, even if loads are secured well and don’t roll off from the truck beds when in transit, they may still get damaged, especially if they are fragile and are being transported over several miles of rough terrain. Since they are aware of these risks, commercial drivers with high risk licences will ensure that all cargo is secured against damage before beginning any trip. To prevent movement of cargo during hauling, for example, these commercial drivers will select appropriate techniques to secure the load. When transporting a brand new sports car on a truck bed, for example, they can use cross chaining to ensure that it stays firmly strapped and padding to protect it from chain scratches. Minimise adverse financial consequences arising from hauling merchandise by road. The financial implications of failing to ensure that all consignments being transported using heavy vehicles are placed in competent hands can be very devastating. A high risk licence provides the assurance you so much deserve knowing that your commercial drivers are well-trained and skilled to manage the safety hazards that may arise when consignments are being transported. This way, they can save you thousands or millions of dollars required to settle compensation claims by customers complaining about damaged goods or people suing you for injuries sustained due to truck...

read more