Synopses & Reviews
A severe shortage of trained tractor-trailer drivers faces the trucking industry and the nation. Trucking: Tractor-Trailer Driver Handbook/Workbook, 2nd edition and its ancillaries can help solve this problem by providing a comprehensive and turnkey curriculum for tractor-trailer driver training. Written in an easy-to-read, straightforward style, the new edition delivers not only the technical content drivers need to know but also teaches the procedures that, with practice, will enable the student to become a skilled driver. This book stresses the importance of developing the traits and behaviors that characterize true professionals, as tractor-trailer drivers are placed in the unique position of being entrusted with expensive equipment and cargo, as well as representing the industry to the public at large. Good health and safety practices that drivers should follow for success on the job are also covered.
About the Author
Alice Adams is an educator and veteran transportation writer for the Houston Chronicle and national transportation trade publications. After serving in academic positions at Odessa College (TX), Houston Community College, and the University of St. Thomas, she has authored several transportation industry books, including texts used in public, private, and proprietary professional driving schools. Her other books include: A Survival Guide for Truck Drivers, Pass the CDL, User's Guide to Rules and Regulations, and Trucking Guide to Border Crossing. In addition, Adams has been named Who's Who in International Writers, Outstanding Young Professional Women, and Top Professional Women in Texas. The personal experience she shares and her impressive knowledge of the trucking industry combine to make this book an excellent resource.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Trucking, Chapter 2: Control Systems, Chapter 3: Hours of Service, Chapter 4: Vehicle Inspection, Chapter 5: Vehicle Systems, Chapter 6: Basic Control, Chapter 7: Shifting, Chapter 8: Backing, Chapter 9: Coupling and Upcoupling, Chapter 10: Visual Search, Chapter 11: Communication, Chapter 12: Space Management, Chapter 13: Speed Management, Chapter 14: Night Driving, Chapter 15: Extreme Driving Conditions, Chapter 16: Hazard Awareness, Chapter 17: Emergency Maneuvers, Chapter 18: Skid Control, Chapter 19: Accident Procedures, Chapter 20: Sliding Fifth Wheels and Tanden Axles, Chapter 21: Special Rigs, Chapter 22: Preventive Maintenance and Servicing, Chapter 23: Recognizing and Reporting Malfunctions, Chapter 24: Handling Cargo, Chapter 25: Cargo Documentation, Chapter 26: Personal Health and Safety, Chapter 27: Trip Planning, Chapter 28: Public Relations and Employer-Employee Relations, Chapter 29: CDL: Commercial Driver License, Appendix, Index