Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.
Truck Training

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Danger Ahead: Distracted Young Drivers

Danger Ahead: Distracted Young Drivers: Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teens in the U.S. A just-released Consumer Reports survey reveals that many young drivers are keenly aware of how dangerous it is to use a cell phone while driving.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. - About Us





Saferway has become a leader in the driver education and transport training industry by providing hourly training to certified programs with content and duration geared to industry needs. Our commercial instructors all have many years of experience in the transport field. Saferway is licensed and bonded under the Motor Vehicle Act through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). We are an approved Graduated Licensing Facility and an Instructor Training Facility. Since 1999.

Saferway has been owned and operated by Randy and Donna Eckert. Randy Eckert has a long history in the transport field; he has been involved in just about all aspects of the commercial transport industry since 1974, from operating a multitude of tractor trailer configurations, engine makes and models, to management, supervisory, training and public relations positions. Saferway provides training in a wide variety of equipment and configurations for best student learning and experience into the industry. 

Our classrooms provide involvement, interaction, and socialization, along with a business-like approach to getting the job done. Our goal is to create an effective learning situation in the classroom and in vehicle.

Truck Drivers Needed

Truck Drivers Needed
By , About.com GuideMarch 11, 2006



There's a nationwide shortage of about 20,000 truck drivers and trucking companies are recruiting drivers. This shortage may increase to over 300,000 by 2014.

If you're interested in a trucking job, here's more information on qualifications, training and how to find a truck driver job. You'll find jobs listed on most of the top trucking firm's web sites. Yellow Freight, for example, has job openings in both the U.S. and Canada. There are also job search sites which have collections of trucking job listings. Be sure to check them, too, if you're interested in an over the road job.

Photo Courtesy YRC Worldwide

Monday, May 28, 2012

Truck Training -Canada needs truck drivers.



  • Jobs Guide -Canada needs truck drivers 
  • Are ready for a new life in trucking? 
  • Do you want to drive? 
  • Do you feel that there's no better place to be than behind the wheel? 
  • If so, why not make a career out of it? 

Well, you've come to the right place. The trucking industry here in British Columbia and Canada for that matter, is full of opportunities and possibilities. It starts, of course, with all the truck driving positions you're probably already familiar with.

When you think about it, everything you ever buy arrives at the store by truck. Just imagine the number of people it takes to move everything safely, efficiently and on time. Now that's a lot of people!

Of course, we're not looking for just anybody - we're looking for people with drive and who want to drive.. Is that you?

This is a great time to join the trucking industry. There's a high demand for professional drivers in all areas of the industry. We hope to see you behind the wheel soon!

Friday, May 25, 2012

How a Jake Brake Works.wmv

Air Brake Secondary Circuit

Air Brakes Supply Circuit

Air Brakes Primary Circuit

service system 1.VOB

trailer system 1.VOB

trailer system 2.VOB

trailer system 3.VOB

park systems 1.VOB

Haldex Automatic Brake Adjusters

Theory and Operation of The Jake Brake Engine Brake

The Operation of the Jake Brake Engine Brake

S-cam Air Brakes

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Electronic stability control

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ON THE ROAD – SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER

B.C. has a regulation under the Motor Vehicle Act to protect emergency workers – police officers, fire and ambulance personnel, tow truck operators, special police constables, conservation officers and park rangers -- when they are attending incidents on the road. Drivers must ‘Slow Down Move Over’ when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, from either direction, when it is on or beside an undivided highway and has its lights flashing. (If the highway is divided – for example, by a concrete median – vehicles travelling in the opposite direction are not required to slow down.)

If there is another lane going in the same direction drivers must move into the other lane to pass, if it is safe to do so and a police officer has not directed them to do otherwise. This gives emergency workers as much space as possible.


Drivers must slow their speed to:
  • 70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone 
  • 40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone 


Drivers must always yield the right of way to approaching emergency vehicles that have their lights and siren on. Drivers who fail to yield to a moving emergency vehicle face a fine and penalty points.

BRAKE DEBATE & Down Hill Braking

BRAKE DEBATE 

Today's Trucking - Posted: Jan 30, 2007 03:17 PM | Last Updated: Mar 27, 2012 09:31 AM

It's a rolling debate among trainers and truckers: is it better to use a constant, light pressure--no more than 10 psi--to keep your momentum in check or "snub and roll," letting the vehicle pick up speed and then using heavier, intermittent applications to slow yourself down? "From the standpoint of pure physics, it would seem there would be less energy to absorb, and hence lower brake component temperatures, if you use steady pressure," says Al Wright, the Hope, B.C., author of two definitive books on air brakes, The Air Brake Connection and Air Brakes From the Driver's Seat II (both published by Wright himself). But tests show no major difference in brake drum or lining temperatures, he says. In fact, Wright suggests that under most driving conditions, snubbing and rolling is the better way to slow. Constant pressure, he says, may lead to brake imbalance, given differences in response between tractor and trailer air valves and foundation brakes. Also, the snub-and-roll technique helps your automatic slack adjusters do their job. "ASAs only adjust when the brakes are applied and released," he says. "The snub-and-roll method lets the ASAs continually adjust the brakes, keeping the air chamber stroke as short as possible, even as the brake drums expand due to heat." Wright's books are distributed by Presto Print in Richmond, B.C. (604/278-2428).


Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. - 

Bendix the manufacturer has a lot of good material on down hill breaking.  One of the videos called Down Hill Braking.  I like the comment on the end of the video, Down hill Braking Not A Problem  - If you Repair  Control and Snub.

Tested by a the Fed's and local professional the 5&3 Method of braking is the best way to keep your vehicle under control, on long down hill grades and on rolling terrain.   The 5&3 Method is making a heavy enough application to slow you down 5 miles an hour in 3 seconds, and then repeat as necessary.  And be in the correct gear for the down hill decent.  Professionals suggest one or two gears lower than you pulled the hill in.  Let your engine and transmission do most of the work for you, save your brakes for when you need them, to get you back under a controlled speed.  Use any on board engine braking or retarder system if you have one.  If you don't have an on board engine brake you may face going down the hill at an uncomfortably slow speed, but it beats a ride in a runaway lane.


Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.
Randy A. Eckert  
President 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Feds want stability systems for trucks by 2016: Land Line Magazine

Feds want stability systems for trucks by 2016: Land Line Magazine

Slow Down Move Over - It is The Law





B.C. has a regulation under the Motor Vehicle Act to protect emergency workers – police officers, fire and ambulance personnel, tow truck operators, special police constables, conservation officers and park rangers -- when they are attending incidents on the road. Drivers must ‘Slow Down Move Over’ when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, from either direction, when it is on or beside an undivided highway and has its lights flashing. (If the highway is divided – for example, by a concrete median – vehicles travelling in the opposite direction are not required to slow down.)

If there is another lane going in the same direction drivers must move into the other lane to pass, if it is safe to do so and a police officer has not directed them to do otherwise. This gives emergency workers as much space as possible.

  • Drivers must slow their speed to:
  • 70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone
  • 40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone

Drivers must always yield the right of way to approaching emergency vehicles that have their lights and siren on. Drivers who fail to yield to a moving emergency vehicle face a fine and penalty points.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A-Trains in Sidney, B.C.



A-trains in Sidney, B.C. How often would you see an A-train in Sidney, B.C.  Or in B.C. at all for that matter.  Not very often if at all other than here in the mid 19!! something.  Lets say I was in my early twenties in this picture and I started at Sidney Freight Ltd in 1974 and got my Class One license when I was 19 years of age.

The photo one witch I am very proud of, was taken at the CPR Terminal at Swartz Bay in front of the BC Ferries.  The tractor is an old Mack with a 270 Mack engine and  two stick 5&3 Trans.  The trailer configuration is a set of triples - A-train -Slang sometimes called a set of joints.  

Why it is called an A-train is how the trailer are configured up together to make one long unit. You would use A dollies (As you can see in the picture below the frame of the dolly is in an A shape.   

 The A-trains have a high roll stability because of their configuration, and there is many considerations that have to be followed when coupling up and hauling this type of configuration.

The unit required a one time permit to haul the train down to the CPR Terminal and back strictly for a photo opp, to be used in advertising broacher's and a TV add on local TV.  I was very proud to be asked to haul the A-trains as this was a once in a lifetime operability for me in B.C that is.  These configuration are legal in Alberta and some American States, but not in B.C

Sidney Freight Ltd. were very aggressive and were leaders in the freight industry for many years.  They were the first to operate the A-trains on a steady basis on the Island Hauling General Freight. I was very proud to work there for twenty three year.  I was the youngest employee with the highest seniority.  I was number two trailer driver for many years till the company shut down.  I always knew I was number two because number one reminded me of it every morning.  All kidding aside it was a memorable and rewarding place to work.  There were so many dedicated and passionate employees from every spectrum throughout the company leaving me with alot of great stories and memories.

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.
Randy A. Eckert
President

Big Trucks in the Canadian West -www.truckingFantastic.com

Friday, May 11, 2012

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. Victoria,, BC

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. Victoria,, BC on HOT FROG

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Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. - Complete Profile - Canadian Company Capabilities - Industry Canada

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. - Complete Profile - Canadian Company Capabilities - Industry Canada

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Trucking Victoria, BC - Saferway, the Professional Truck Driver Training School.



The history and track record of the school speaks for itself, having trained and placed qualified drivers in the trucking industry since 1968 - over 44 years.

Super B Training


Saferway has become a leader in the driver education and transport training industry by providing hourly training to certified programs with content and duration geared to industry needs. Our commercial instructors all have many years of experience in the transport field. Saferway is licensed and bonded under the Motor Vehicle Act through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).

Saferway provides training in a wide variety of equipment and configurations for best student learning and experience into the industry. Our classrooms provide involvement, interaction, and socialization, along with a business-like approach to getting the job done. Our goal is to create an effective learning situation in the classroom and in vehicle.

Truck Training can be done on an Hourly Rate, and you can choose to add in other programs to meet your choice. You can also opt to choose one of our Federally Certified Courses which are exempt from HST. Training is tailored to meet your demands. Please call our office or drop by our new training centre to discuss what training or program works best for you. Our friendly staff will be waiting to discuss your needs

Mission Statement

To develop and deliver high quality training and services that fulfill the driver education needs of the trucking industry, at the same time assisting individuals in obtaining and enjoying a safe, rewarding career as a Professional operator.

We offer several courses that are certified by the Federal Government.

This means: The courses are exempt from HST, tax deductible and meet requirements for funding.

All of the CERTIFIED courses below include:

  • 20 hours Certified Air Brakes Course
  • 16 hours Commercial Transport Theory
  • 4 hours Transportation/Handling of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • 3 hours Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • 7 hours Load Security Theory
  • 8 hours Load Security Practical
  • 30 hours observation time of on road training
  • All textbooks included. A certificate is issued upon completion. These courses are HST exempt and tax deductible and tuition receipts will be issued.

Certified Class One & Three Course:

In-Truck Content

  • Daily pre-trip inspections
  • Daily log books procedures
  • Defensive driving
  • Shifting techniques /clutch control and techniques
  • Gear selection, up-shifting and down-shifting
  • Strategic positioning in traffic / intersections and cornering maneuvers
  • Highway and downtown driving, and night driving
  • Safe backing procedures, straight backing, offset backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Coupling/un-coupling the tractor-trailer unit
  • Introduction to B-Train, Flat deck and Dry Van
  • Last session includes final road test with ICBC

Embrace Life - always wear your seat belt

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Truck Training in Victoria, B.C.




Hourly Rate - Individual Truck Training - Class One and Three

We offer several courses that are hourly and certified by the Federal Government.

Individual Truck Training
Hourly courses are at $100.00 an hour plus HST.

Content: - ***=One Only
Daily pre-trip inspections
Defensive driving
Shifting techniques
Clutch control and techniques
Gear Selection, up-shifting and down-shifting
Strategic positioning in traffic
Intersections and cornering maneuvers
Highway and downtown driving
Safe backing procedures, straight backing, offset backing
Parallel parking
***Coupling/uncoupling the tractor-trailer unit

ICBC Certified Air Brake Course





Next Air Brake Course June 2nd 3rd and 4th. 2012 - Spots already filling up call 250-382-8212 fro details.

Certified: 20 hour Air Brake Course.
  • 16 hours of classroom theory
  • 4 hours practical and testing
Course Fee: $215.00

Prerequisite:
  • Must have valid driver’s license: Class 4, 5, 6, 7/8,"L or N"
Material Provided:
Easy to Follow Power Point Presentation
Air Brakes Part #1
Air Brakes Part #2
Video Presentation
Safe Down Hill Braking Practices
(ABS) for Trucks Tractors and Trailers
Stooping with Air
Brake Adjustments, Auto and Manual Slack Adjusters
Hands on with Air Brake Simulator and Lab Equipment.