Class A Driver Training Course
This class is intended to train the student in the safe operation of driving a Class A combination vehicle (semi-truck and trailer). The classroom portion of the course is 8 hours. The practical portion of the course is one-on-one hands on training with each student and can be anywhere from 8 hours to 40 hours per student. The class size should be limited to ten students to minimize the time between classroom and one-on-one training.
California driver's license test
State laws and rules
Vehicle pre-trip inspection
Basic control of vehicle (shifting and controlling speed)
Synchronization of transmission and engine
Skid control and recovery
Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations
Hazardous materials endorsements
Inspection of cargo, including weight and balance
Proper shifting of gears, double clutching, downshifting, completing tractor and trailer pre-trip inspection, various driving situations on freeways, highways and grades, stop and go traffic, defensive driving, coupling and uncoupling of combination vehicles, vehicle trouble reports, and driver's log.