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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) doesn’t offer any statistics pertaining solely to 18-wheelers, but in 2010 there were 67,000 crashes involving large trucks or buses that resulted in injury, and a total of 106,000 people were injured. Obviously, highway safety is something that needs to be addressed and taken seriously, especially by those companies claiming to train drivers for safe and lucrative careers.
Training: still crucial
One of the most important factors contributing to highway safety is drivers’ training and knowledge of procedures like parking and backing up, as well as how to properly maintain a manual or electronic logbook. They should also be given a solid base of knowledge in areas like how many hours they can legally drive per day, HOS Regulations and when and where they can park for overnight rest. Also, drivers who are properly trained to begin with are more likely to stick with their career choice long-term.
A closer look needs to be taken at the direct correlation between the haste with which new drivers are rushed through training programs and the government funds received by these programs and their parent organizations. Perhaps in time, it will become apparent that some changes need to be made. The ultimate goal, of course, is for the best driving candidates to be chosen through a more selective process, and for those candidates to be properly trained and tested before being put out on the road.