Heavy Vehicle Stability & Control Driver Training Programme
Why do a Heavy Vehicle Stability & Control Driver Training Programme with TR Driver Training?
- It’s the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Nowhere else can you get both the theory and practical experience of heavy vehicle stability, roll over dynamics. This is real, in cab hands on learning. By completing this course you will experience a vehicle roll over and learn how to prevent it.
- A practical and theory-based course designed to provide drivers with advanced skills, knowledge and awareness of the dynamics associated with heavy vehicles during cornering, braking, emergency steering manoeuvres, and in the event of a jack knife.
- Ideally suited for drivers of vehicles with a high centre of gravity (livestock, Rubbish collection, General freight, Concrete, Liquid loads) in either a truck and trailer unit or a Semi Trailer / B-Train
- You will be professionally trained by qualified and experienced instructors.
Whilst heavy vehicle drivers in New Zealand are generally very skilled, most have gained those skills through “trial & error” with some serious consequences. In New Zealand around a third of heavy vehicle crashes involve a roll-over. More than half of these involve truck-trailers.
The most common factors involved in truck rollovers are:
- Loss of vehicle control.
- Travelling too fast.
- Failure of the driver to drive to the conditions.
- Majority occurring on the open road.
- Mostly single vehicle crashes.
- Three quarters of rollovers occur on bends.
- The TR Driver Training Heavy Vehicle Stability & Control Course has been developed with the objective of training drivers to have an awareness of the dynamics at work during cornering, braking, emergency steering manoeuvres and in the event of a jack knife.
- To increase safety by reducing the incidence of the following:
- Loss of vehicle control
- Travelling too fast
- Failure of the driver to drive to the conditions
- Single vehicle crashes
- Rollovers on bends
What is the Heavy Vehicle Stability & Control Driver Training Programme?
The Heavy Vehicle Stability & Control Driver Training Programme is the only programme of this type available in New Zealand. It is delivered in two parts:
- Stability (or “anti-rollover”), emergency braking, steering avoidance practical training.
The programme begins with a theory session covering vehicle dynamics - including Static Roll Threshold (SRT) - correct cornering and braking techniques for all types of vehicles including those fitted with ABS, EBS & RSS.
Stability (or "anti-rollover") practical training
- The vehicle used is a combination tractor unit with a semi-trailer tanker
- The trailer is fitted with outriggers or, “training wheels” which allow drivers to be trained “live” in cornering dynamics and techniques in a controlled environment.
- The tanker is fitted with WABCO EBS which incorporates ABS and RSS braking and stability systems which can be switched on or off to allow drivers to appreciate and experience the benefits these important safety features bring to the industry.
- The tanker is partially loaded with water to produce a “live load” situation.
- Road speed for the tanker is set between 35-45kph which emphasises to drivers how unstable heavy vehicles are, even at low speeds, if the driver fails to maintain full concentration during cornering.
Emergency braking, steering avoidance practical training
- The vehicle used is a combination tractor unit with a semi-trailer or 3 or 4 axle Rigid truck
- Training covers “emergency braking” and “steering avoidance” training.
- Courses are ½ day
- Course numbers are normally restricted to 8 trainees for a ½ day course.
- Training is conducted on private, closed tracks.
- The programme is an advanced programme not intended for novice drivers.