Bumper to Bumper: The Complete Guide to Tractor-trailer Operations

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Mike Byrnes & Associates, Inc., 2003 - Transportation - 499 pages
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Far more than CDL prep, since 1988 this has been the go-to book on tractor-trailer operations, equipping commercial drivers with the knowledge and confidence for a safe, successful career. Thorough, easy and enjoyable to read, this 5-star resource is acclaimed by entry-level and veteran drivers alike as well as instructors and industry specialists such as accident reconstruction experts and attorneys. With up-to-date information on hours of service, hazardous materials, cargo securement, and onboard technology, plus descriptions of systems and components, regulated activities, driving skills, safe driving and economy driving, Bumper to Bumper includes end-of-chapter quizzes, hundreds of illustrations and a detailed index.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1YOUR FUTURE IN TRUCKING
2
Chapter 2DASHBOARD AND GAUGES
13
Chapter 3TRANSMISSIONS
29
Chapter 4AIRBRAKES
41
ChaptersELECTRICAL
61
Chapter 6ENGINES
75
Chapter 7DRIVE TRAIN
91
Chapter 8STEERING
106
Chapter 21HANDLING DOUBLES AND TRIPLES
277
Chapter 22AUXILIARY BRAKES
289
Chapter 23SLIDERS
301
Chapter 24ECONOMY OPERATING
315
Chapter 25VEHICLE INSPECTION
325
Chapter 26THE LOG BOOK
339
Chapter 27CARGO DOCUMENTATION
356
Chapter 28LOADING SECURING AND UNLOADING CARGO
365

Chapter 9TIRES AND WHEELS
117
Chapter 10TRACTORS
133
Chapter 11VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
145
Chapter 12TYPES OF TRAILERS
157
Chapter 13SPECIALIZED RIGS
167
Chapter 14REFRIGERATED TRAILERS
179
Chapter 15COUPLING AND UNCOUPLING
189
Chapter 16PUTTING THE TRUCK IN MOTION
203
Chapter 17DRIVING TECHNIQUES
217
Chapter 18BACKING
229
Chapter 19SAFE DRWING
243
Chapter 29ACCIDENTS AND FIRES
383
Chapter 30HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
409
Chapter 31MAP READING
421
Chapter 32PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
427
Chapter 33GETTING A JOB AS A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER
440
Chapter 34THE DRIVERS LIFE
453
Chapter 35CONTINUING EDUCATION
467
ORDER FORM
477
OBSERVATION SKILLS TEST GRID
479
INDEX
487
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