Learning to drive is more than just steering a wheel
LEARNING the ropes when it comes to life on the road takes a little more than getting your licence.
Readers shared their thoughts on current training regimes and what they believe newbies need.
John B: When I started you had to be able to change tyres, split rims then gates, curtains, tarps, dogs and chains until you were ready for a steer.
Only then were you ready to go by yourself.
Tom B: First five years of driving should be mandatory with a manual transmission.
If they can’t handle a roadranger then they have no right to have that much weight behind them.
Maybe then that’d weed out the ones that can’t reverse their outfits as well.
Too much responsibility for not enough experience.
Sam D: Learning to back in a straight line has very little influence on how to safely manage driving for over 12 hours a day doing 100kmh with 70+tonnes, understanding the mechanical side of the vehicle, emergency procedures, like blowing a steer tire etc.
More defensive driver training and less textbook perfect conditions training. Bring these new licences into the real world.
Ronald K: Driving is only one part, the industry needs a complete overhaul.
Waiting for loads or to unload for hours needs to be looked at.
You can’t manage your hours when waiting to unload for hours then go and wait to load.
Then they want you in first thing and bag out the driver if he’s late.
Daniel G: I understand why people are saying it is a joke.