Commercial Truck Driver Training Starts Feb. 16
January 09, 2004

Commercial truck driver training at Wor-Wic Community College begins on Monday, Feb. 16, at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on the corner of Route 50 and Hobbs Road in Salisbury.

The class begins with an orientation on Monday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will meet regularly Monday through Thursday, March 1 through April 22, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The eight-week course will include classroom, range and road instruction.

Training covers basic vehicle control, shifting, backing, docking, coupling and uncoupling, engaging safety techniques to avoid incidents, as well as how to manage various driving situations. In addition to vehicle operations, students receive information about vehicle inspections, trip planning, accident reporting, logging hours of service to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, handling hazardous materials safely, and lifestyle issues unique to the professional driver.

Students who successfully complete the course can take the state exam to earn a Class A CDL, with air brakes, combinations, doubles/triples, tankers and hazardous materials endorsements.

In order to enroll, students must be 18 years old or older with a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. They must pass a DOT physical examination and drug screening, be able to lift 100 pounds, and have dependable transportation.

Additional prerequisites include not having any involvement in a crime involving drugs and no violation and/or conviction of state and local motor vehicle and traffic laws for the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a CDL.

For more information, call the community and continuing education office at Wor-Wic at (410) 334-2815 or (410) 641-4134.