Monday, August 1, 2011

UK Truck Drivers Hold Annual Training Day

Safety the Watchword at PDA Bash
Shipping News Feature

UK - The Professional Drivers Association held their annual PDA Training Day last Saturday at Brett’s Transport Ltd at Guyhirn. Once again members of the public were shown the skills needed when operating a large freight carrying vehicle whilst in a safe environment in a bid to demonstrate the hazards faced by countless truck drivers.

Harry Hi-Viz senior (pictured) made his debut appearance to help with the road safety demonstrations wandering around both in front and at the side of a lorry proving just how many blind spots there were. Car drivers were asked to guess how far being them a lorry was from the rear view mirror of a car and without fail underestimated the distance. Could this be why so often trucks are accused of tailgating cars?

The attendees were then taken on a days driving and manoeuvring around the yard on a one to one basis with an experienced lorry driver supervising them and of course this proved to be the most popular request, ‘Can you teach me how to reverse an artic?’ was heard so many times and everyone went home far more able than when they arrived.

Roping and sheeted proved to be as popular as ever and eventually everyone managed a dolly knot to be proud of! Graeme Baxter from VOSA attended to answer questions, along with Bob Thompson from Novadata who gave tuition on Digital Tachograph simulators all day, and many thanks to them both.

The Professional Drivers Association once again thanked Brett’s Transport for another years hospitality and also the drivers who gave up their valuable weekend off to pass on their knowledge to others entirely free of charge.

A grand sum of £135 was raised for the Professional Drivers Foundation charity from donations received on the day and you can make a donation to this worthwhile cause HERE.