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A severe shortage of trained tractor-trailer drivers faces the trucking industry and the nation. Trucking: Tractor-Trailer Driver Handbook/Workbook, Third edition and its ancillaries can help solve this problem by providing a great turnkey curriculum for the latest in tractor-trailer driver training, complete with up-to-date compliance and regulation standards. This new edition delivers not only the technical content the driver needs 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 skills, traits and behaviors that characterize true professionals. Professional truck drivers must maintain safe standards throughout all facets of a trip, and this book provides the "must have" information new drivers need to stay safe before, during, and after a route. Coverage focuses on attaining and preserving safe standards throughout all aspects of a professional driving career, from securing one's load to hazardous materials handling, with helpful guidelines for maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the road. This edition delivers not only the technical content tractor-trailer drivers need to become skilled professionals, but also the healthful habits and "best practices" that can lead to improved safety and well-being.
Chapter 1- An Introduction to Trucking, Chapter 2- Vehicle Inspections, Chapter 3- Control Systems, Chapter 4- Vehicle Systems, Chapter 5- Basic Control, Chapter 6- Shifting, Chapter 7- Backing, Chapter 8- Coupling and Uncoupling, Chapter 9- Sliding Fifth Wheels and Tandem Axles, Chapter 10- Preventative Maintenance, Chapter 11- Recognizing and Reporting Malfunctions, Chapter 12- Communication, Chapter 13- Space Management, Chapter 14- Visual Search, Chapter 15- Speed Management, Chapter 16- Night Driving, Chapter 17- Extreme Driving Conditions, Chapter 18- Skid Control, Chapter 19- Hazard Awareness, Chapter 20- Railroad Crossings, Chapter 21- Emergency Maneuvers, Chapter 22- Accident Procedures, Chapter 23- Special Rigs, Chapter 24- Handling Cargo, Chapter 25- Cargo Documentation, Chapter 26- Trip Planning, Chapter 27- Hours of Service, Chapter 28- Driving International Routes, Chapter 29- Transportation Security, Chapter 30- Public Relations and Job Search, Chapter 31- Professional Driver Health, Safety and Security, Chapter 32- Hazardous Materials, Chapter 33- Transportation Technology, Chapter 34- Whistleblower Protections for Professional Drivers, Chapter 35- The Commercial Driver's License, Glossary, Index