How to Handle a JackKnife Skid- A Critical Professional Truck Driver Skill

How to Handle a JackKnife Skid- A Critical Professional Truck Driver Skill



If ever you do find yourself in a slide or jack knife situation as a professional truck driver, there are a few things you can do in an attempt to correct the situation.
Getting the unit straight again is number one. Until you get the unit straight, you will not be in control. Steering gently into the direction of the jack knifing trailer is a way to help correct the situation. All feet off the pedals.
No hard sudden moves on the steering! This can make the situation worse.
Once the unit is straight, then work at getting reducing the speed of the unit. Some drivers use the jake brake. Some use the brake pedal. Different methods are taught in formal truck driving training. Whatever method you were taught in your formal training, is the method you should follow.
Know what to do when you get your truck and trailer stopped. Truck drivers can be killed when they succeed in avoiding a jack knife accident, only to step out of the truck and killed by another vehicle out of control.
Knowing what to do in the event of a jack knife situation while behind the wheel of a truck, can save your life and the lives of others sharing the road.
Make it your business to know what to do BEFORE it happens.
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Diesel Engine Tampering – Overriding New Trucks Emissions Controls Dilemma

Diesel Engine Tampering - Overriding New Trucks Emissions Controls Dilemma



There are big rig repair shops throughout North America, which specialize in removing emissions control equipment from the newer trucks.
Big trucks have had ongoing problems with the added emissions controls equipment, to the point that big truck owners, are going against regs, and having the emissions equipment removed from their trucks, in order to stay viable and on the road!
However, this practice is against the controls set up by the powers that be.
What’s an owner operator to do, when he has a truck that is constantly breaking down, with the culprit being the def equipment on his truck?
It’s a dilemma that the trucking industry is facing, without hope of a resolution in the near future.
The new trucks breakdown rate is slowly improving, however they have a long way to go before the bugs are completely worked out.
In the mean time, DEF removal shops are flourishing.

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Centerline How to Apply Snowchains

Centerline How to Apply Snowchains



Centerline Safety Video with Coastal Pacific Food Distributors showing how to safely and effectively apply snow chains to truck tires.
· Lay chains out next to tire and inspect for damage
· Drape chains over tires – make sure Cam locks are on outside of the tire
· If necessary, move truck forward to link chains
· Link chains from inside of the tire while chains are slack
· Link chains on the outside of the tire
· Turn as many Cam locks as possible, clockwise with the key
· Adjust chains to ensure extra tightness
· Drive truck forward 15-30 feet
· Check chains one more time to ensure they are in place

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Trucker – How to Drive a 10 speed manual transmission truck. Part 2 – SHIFTING WITH NO CLUTCH!

Trucker - How to Drive a 10 speed manual transmission truck. Part 2 - SHIFTING WITH NO CLUTCH!



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Air Brakes – An Introduction. How it works.

Air Brakes - An Introduction. How it works.



This video gives an introduction and brief look at air braking systems on heavy and commercial vehicles.

You’ll see from the animations that all systems have a compressor to supply the air, reservoirs to store the compressed air, controls for the driver to direct the air (foot and hand brake) and actuators and friction brakes to actually carry out the braking.

This video sticks the the fundamental basics of the Air Braking System and doesn’t go as far as other system components such as s-cams, relay, quick release and trailer control valves, air dryers and filters, protection valves and other system operations. We’ll go into depth with these in further videos.

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Step-by-Step Guide to a CDL Pre-Trip Inspection – Part 1

Step-by-Step Guide to a CDL Pre-Trip Inspection – Part 1



Pre-trip inspections should be done on a daily basis. They help truck drivers stay safe while out on the road. Watch Bill McIver, a Schneider truck driver instructor, perform a step-by-step guide to a CDL pre-trip inspection. Schneider is hiring Class A CDL truck drivers, both experienced and recent truck driving school graduates. Sign-up for job alerts in your area here:

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