The Truck Driving Program prepares individuals to build skills in safety practices, operation, vehicle maintenance, and non-vehicle activities associated with truck driving. Instruction includes the operation of vehicles on the interstate, on two-lane highways, in the city, backing and maneuvering. Also included are recordkeeping, and performing pre-trip/post-trip inspections and defensive driving.
The course is structured to emulate, as closely as possible, the normal day to day accountabilities of an over the road truck driver. The course is organized and developed to provide training in the following areas: Orientation, organization, vehicle orientation, skill proficiency including; safety, pre/post trip inspections, backing, coupling/uncoupling, road driving (interstate, secondary roads and city). General knowledge skills to include; CDL driving skills, map reading, trip planning, DOT regulations, state regulations, endorsements, logging, substance abuse and blood borne pathogens, weather and road conditions, freight documents, cargo handling, worker characteristics and job search.
This program is designed to provide the classroom work/activities, yard driving, and road experiences necessary to develop the skills necessary for initial employment in the commercial trucking industry. Students learn to drive defensively and to abide by all local, state, and federal regulations. The information presented prepares the student to pass the written and skills portion of the commercial driver’s license (CDL) examination.
Professional Accrediting Body:
State Agency/Entity Oversight:
Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security: CDL Division
Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded:
Class A CDL
Students must be twenty-one (21) years of age, pass the medical exam required by the Department of Safety, and be in possession of a CDL permit prior to getting behind the wheel of TCAT tractor/trailers.