Trucking: Tractor-Trailer Driver

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Cengage Learning, Nov 28, 2005 - Transportation - 620 pages
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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.
  

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This book was very helpful and valuable, while I was in CDL School. There is a lot of good information in it that will assist you in driving, backing-up, and your pre-trip. Some information you have to dig for, but not too hard. This book will help you, but only if you open it and actually read it.  

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Contents

The U S Trucking Industry
3
Federal and State Regulating Agencies
9
Becoming a Professional
15
? Inspects Vehicle Inspections
21
Control System
57
Vehicle Instruments
66
Summary
72
Engines
79
Objectives
320
Driver Distractions and Passive Rail Crossings
325
Emergency Maneuvers
333
Summary
344
The Coupling Sequence
356
Key Terms
363
Special Rigs
365
Special Trailer Types
372

Coolant System
85
Driveshafts and Universal Joints
93
Steering Systems
99
Basic Control
107
Turning the Vehicle
113
Summary
119
Aids to Shifting
125
Shifting Semiautomatic Transmissions
133
Backing V
140
Coupling and Uncoupling
151
V
193
ProblemSolving Exercises
200
Emergency Starting Procedures
207
Introduction
213
Summary
219
Visual Search
234
30
238
Summary
242
V
245
Speed and Stopping Distance
249
Night Driving V A
257
17
268
An Engine That Will Not Start
274
Driving in Hot Weather
280
Escape Ramps
286
Objectives
292
Antijackknife Devices
299
Unstable Loads
378
Handling Cargo
385
Introduction
431
Trip Planning Software
438
Review Questions
444
Customer Relations
491
Applying for a
499
Hazardous Materials k v
531
The Hazard Class
538
How to Use the Hazardous Materials Table
545
Objectives
552
Introduction
553
Regulatory Compliance
560
Introduction
566
385
570
Summary
573
Classes of Licenses and Endorsements
580
APPENDIX
589
Glossary
596
Index
609
386
610
56
611
234
612
Objectives
617
246
618
76
619
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About the author (2005)

Alice Adams was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1926 and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After graduating from Radcliffe College, she married and had a son in 1951. Adams later recalled her late 20s and early 30s as the worst years of her life. After divorcing her husband in 1958, she worked at secretarial and clerical jobs to support herself and her son. Adams published her first work of fiction when she was about thirty, and was more than forty-years-old by the time she began making a living solely as a writer. In 1982, in recognition of the twelfth consecutive appearance of her work in "Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards," Adams won a special award for continuing achievement. The only other previous winners were Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike. A New York Times best-selling author, many of Adams's books, among them A Southern Exposure and Almost Perfect, focus on love and on women struggling to find their place in the world. Other works of Adams include the novels Medicine Men, a story that explores the relationship between doctors and their patients, and Superior Women, a compelling tale of five women who come of age during World War II. Now a San Francisco resident, Adams's work has been compared for Southern flavor to that of Flannery O'Connor and for sophistication to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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