Learn­ing to drive is more than just steer­ing a wheel

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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.

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