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A Chinese bus driver’s quick reactions averted tragedy after a lamppost horrifically smashed through his vehicle’s windscreen earlier this month.
Mao Zhihao was driving his bus in China’s Zheijang province when a separate accident further ahead resulted in the collapse of the lamppost. Mr Mao had little time to react before the post plunged through the glass, narrowly avoided him and his 26 passengers.
Despite the shocking incident, the driver managed to stop his bus safely while being pinned down in his seat.
This video is CCTV footage taken from the bus at the time of the accident.
Footage released on the internet shows the much talked about collision warning and emergency brake system now being fitted in Volvo’s new FH series of trucks.
HGV/LGV Training network members and LGV students alike may be interested to watch the attached controlled demo video, showing the new system in action.
This new advancement in LGV safety consists of a radar and camera that can detect if the truck is in a situation where it can potentially rear-end another vehicle.
Visual and audible warnings are activated in the cab and if the driver fails to respond, the vehicle will automatically brake.
We can expect to see similar trucks hitting the market over the next 18 months. New European legislation has set out a requirement that by November 2015, new LGVs will need to be fitted with emergency brake systems.
“Overall this Driver CPC Periodic Training session was delivered to a very good standard”. These were the follow up comments given to South Wales based, Driver CPC approved training centre (AC 156) Big Wheelers, following a recent unannounced JAUPT audit.
HGV LGV training network members Big Wheelers were JAUPT inspected on the 18th February whilst running a Driver CPC approved, initial Lorry Loader Operator course. This 2 day course counts as 14 hours towards you’re drivers CPC qualification card. A useful course as you are, in essence gaining two qualifications at the same time (Lorry Loader and Driver CPC.)
JAUPT decided the audit would be based on course delivery as opposed to administration and the “practical” inspection lasted a total of 3 hours.
The JAUPT full audit summary is below. “I observed this first session of a full day’s practical training on Lorry Loader Operating at the outside training area at Big Wheelers in Cardiff.
This area was quiet and undisturbed and provided plenty of space for the practical training to take place. I also inspected the classroom facility in which the previous evening’s theory training had taken place and this was conducive to learning, with all required facilities available.
The training was delivered in a very competent and professional manner by a knowledgeable trainer. He used questions well to involve both drivers and during the practical activities ensured that both were fully engaged in the learning process.
He started the session by reviewing the theory learnt the day before and then carried out a very clear and detailed demonstration of operating the lorry loader before the delegates took part in guided practical operations.
At all times throughout these activities he ensured that safe practices were maintained. Overall this Driver CPC Periodic Training session was delivered to a very good standard”.
Well done to Derek Massey and his team of friendly staff.
It’s always nice (for a training provider) to have an independent verifier confirm that the training being delivered is professional and to a high standard. And this audit report does just that.
It’s also good news to anyone considering undergoing training and is thinking of using Big Wheelers. A report like this will give confidence and trust that Big Wheelers will help you achieve your goals
Big Wheelers have also posted a YouTube video to give a better idea of their Lorry Loader training courses.
Big Wheelers don’t just deliver Driver CPC training either. .
They offer a wide variety of other commercial transport related disciplines including LGV, ADR, CPC (Operator), PCV, B+E etc..
We received more than 25,500 visitors who viewed over 60,000 pages of content in the last 30 days alone.
January is always a busy time when it comes to driver training. A combination of new career decisions and up skilling of current licence entitlements certainly brings the numbers in.
The jewel in our crown is the network of local independent training providers we promote via our website. If we didn’t list the best then we would not be the best.
Sure we provide relevant and up to date information on LGV, ADR and Driver CPC training, but it’s the UK coverage of established and reputable training companies that make us unique. The simple fact of the matter is we don’t promote or recommend training establishments we wouldn’t recommend ourselves.
Finding the right LGV, Driver CPC and ADR training companies can be a hazardous business. There are companies out there who advertise (online) as national training companies.
Signing up and parting with your hard earned money to a broker can be costly and time consuming experience. Don’t just take our word for it. Watch the BBC video below to see how easy it can be to fall victim to some of these scam artists.
It still remains the case that going direct to a quality, professional HGV, Driver CPC and ADR local training company will pay huge dividends. Using a training broker will cost more money and take more time.
Using our HGV, Driver CPC and ADR training website won’t save your life, it will however help you avoid a dodgy broker and link you up with the best the commercial transport training industry has to offer.
If you are considering career as an HGV driver then please click on the picture and view the video.
Becoming a professional HGV driver means gaining HGV licence entitlement. This means undergoing HGV training and passing the required theory and practical tests. Finding the right training provider and not a ‘dodgy broker’ is the key to success.
The message is simple. Go direct to a reputable, established training company in your area. This website was set up to inform and educate on the benefits of going direct for HGV training rather than through a Broker.
We only promote independent, local HGV training providers that employ qualified instructors and have a proven track record of delivering quality training.
For those wanting to gain HGV C+E (class 1) licence entitlement a reversing exercise must be completed. This part of the practical HGV driving test is carried out at a DSA / DSA Approved practical test centre.
The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) examiner will want you to simulate reversing (in an S shape) into a loading bay. How much room (reversing area) you will be allowed to complete this manoeuvre will change from Spring 2012. In fact, already customer sites (DSA approved customer test centres) are allowed to “mark up” and use the new smaller dimensions.
Below is a video of a student demonstrating the reversing exercise.
The manoeuvre was carried out using a Mercedes Ateago 1823 drawbar conversion and the overall length of the unit and trailer is 18.5 meters. The permitted reversing area was marked out using cones which were the same dimensions as the “real” test.
Training had been provided by HGV network membersE.P. Training. This Surrey based commercial transport training provider has been delivering the results for over 30 years.
The first part of the HGV driving test (excluding tell me show me) will be to carry out the reversing exercise. This section of the test has been designed to simulate an HGV driver competently reversing into a loading bay.
Carrying out the HGV reversing exercise is no easy task, especially when it comes to reversing an artic or drawbar (category C+E.)
The reversing training itself should be carried out at a suitable off road location. How long you practice will depend on how well you pick up the technique required.
For some the reversing exercise is the most daunting aspect of the whole driving test. Don’t worry though as a competent instructor will explain, demonstrate and teach what is required.
Below are 2 YouTube videos featuring HGV training network members demonstrating the reversing procedure.
Banbury based JLD Driver Training Limited also demonstrate with an artic.
You can take up to 2 shunts and get out of the vehicle once whilst carrying out the reversing manoeuvre. For more advice on passing your HGV driving test please visit our HGV test hints and tips page.
The number of people cycling in London is on the rise. Although cycling in the capital is getting safer, there are still too many fatalities involving HGVs and cyclists each year.
In fact more than half of cyclist deaths in London are caused by collisions with heavy goods vehicles. Consider too most cyclist and Heavy Goods Vehicle accidents happen when vehicles turn left at traffic lights or other junctions.
Although modern HGVs are fitted with numerous mirrors they do have blind spots, which need to be understood by other road users, including cyclists.
To help better understand an HGVs blind spot, TfL Transport for London has produced a YouTube video.
It is pretty compelling stuff and perfectly demonstrates what an HGV driver cant see from his nearside mirrors.
The message is, if lorry drivers and cyclists alike are aware of each other and behave responsibly then risk can be minimised.
Two Ceva Logistics HGV drivers‚ Phil and Tony give an insight into driving a truck for a living.
Driving an LGV can be a rewarding career‚ but it′s not for everyone. Before you commit to any training read our pro′s and con′s page . If you’re still interested contact a reputable training provider near to you using our search page.
If you’re looking for HGV, ADR or Driver CPC training in Wales then look no further than Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited. Their professional and experienced staff will expertly guide you every step of the way.
Get your career of to the perfect start and contact Big Wheelers today.