Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Successful Road Haulage Training Day as Potential Freight Truckers Literally Learn the Ropes

PDF Continues to Raise Driving and Maintenance Standards
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UK – Learning the intricacies of driving a road haulage truck involves many different skills and the Professional Drivers Foundation (PDF) held their annual Training Day on Saturday 21st July at Brett’s Transport Ltd, Cambridgeshire to teach both old and new facets of loading and carrying freight. People arrived from as far away as Glasgow, Billingham and Reading to have the opportunity to drive as many different makes of trucks as possible and practice reversing around the yard into bays. Additionally all attendees were supplied with a check sheet and a vehicle with twelve faults waiting to be found. The overall results were excellent, with all but a couple of more obscure defects tracked down by most of the twenty four people who attended.

A safety demonstration to show the many blind spots from a vehicle cab and a road sign test completed the initial introductions and the pupils were then paired off with the eight Brett’s drivers who gave up their Saturday to help ensure everyone had the opportunity to practice any manoeuvres they felt needed improvement. In the afternoon, a roping and sheeting demonstration and practice session was held, as well as instructions for using ratchet straps. As always, throwing ropes and straps over a load provided much hilarity and proved to be much harder for the newcomers than it looks.

After more reversing practice, the day ended with a drive in Brett’s vintage Bedford for everyone to experience the old, after driving the new. Thanks went out to Tim Dighton from The Concrete Company for the loan of a flat trailer and to E & S Frisby & Sons, both from Thorney for the loan of a pair of sheets, not to mention Brett’s Transport for allowing (and trusting) the PDF to do this every year on a day that haulage firms all band together and which offers a unique opportunity to encourage, and help, new and potential lorry drivers.

If you are interested in the aims and aspirations of the PDF which continues to support the welfare of professional road haulage drivers in times of trouble check out the website or contact pat.nicholson@tiscali.co.uk  

Photo: Nice to drive on occasion one wonders how many modern drivers would look forward to all day in the cab of a vintage truck like Brett’s pristine Bedford?