Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Training / Edition 4

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When students need to learn from the resource even the pros trust, look no further than Delmar's Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Training, 4E. Delmar is the only official education partner of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). Our goal is to ensure that students are armed with the information needed to excel in their truck driver careers. The all-new fourth edition incorporates both customer and industry feedback to bring enhancements that truly capture the learning needs of the industry. One key improvement: the book's approach has been broadened to include all of North America, in an effort to provide accurate, effective content that is relevant to all drivers, whether they drive within or beyond the border of the United States. Additional updates include a detailed chapter devoted to CSA 2010, references to the latest tractor-trailer and driving technologies, as well as "day in the life" stories written by truck drivers and industry leaders that illustrate how truck driving experiences can shape both lives and careers. The end result is a valuable resource that will instill an up-to-date, comprehensive foundational knowledge that will help drivers in any stage of their career development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111036485
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/21/2012
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 105,889
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Adams is an educator and veteran transportation writer for various national transportation trade publications, as well as for the Houston Chronicle. 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.
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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. An Introduction to Trucking. 2. The Commercial Driver's License. 3. Control Systems. 4. Vehicle Systems. 5. Transportation Technology. 6. Vehicle Inspections. 7. Basic Control. 8. Shifting. 9. Backing and Docking. 10. Coupling and Uncoupling. 11. Sliding Fifth Wheels and Tandem Axles. 12. Preventive Maintenance and Servicing. 13. Recognizing and Reporting Malfunctions. 14. Communication. 15. Visual Search. 16. Space Management. 17. Speed Management. 18. Night Driving. 19. Extreme Driving Conditions. 20. Skid Control. 21. Hazard Awareness. 22. Railroad Crossings. 23. Emergency Maneuvers. 24. Accident Procedures. 25. Handling Cargo. 26. Cargo Documentation. 27. Special Rigs. 28. Hours of Service. 29. Trip Planning. 30. Transportation Security. 31. Driving International Routes. 32. Hazardous Materials. 33. Public Relations and Job Search. 34. Driver Health, Safety and Security. 35. Whistleblower Protections for Professional Drivers. 36. CSA 2010. Appendix A: Troubleshooting Guide. Appendix B: Website/Reference list. Appendix C: Trucking Association Listing. Appendix D: Glossary. Appendix E: Index.
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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    Poorly illustrated, confusing terminology.

    I'm a student in a truck driving course at a vo tech college. This book is required for the course, so I had to buy it. I'm disappointed. I wonder how much any professional drivers actually had to do with the production of this book. Most of the pictures and illustrations are pretty much useless. Many of the review questions are worded in a devious way, almost like trick questions. The only good thing about it is that you'll find out some things to NOT do when operating a tractor-trailer (i.e. don't push the clutch all the way to the floor when shifting gears). But those things you should learn from your instructor anyway. I wouldn't recommend this book for any truck driving course.

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