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Women Becoming Commonplace as Professional Drivers

Next time you’re on the road and you happen look in to the cab of a semi –truck, don’t be surprised if you see a smiling woman’s face.  At First Class Training Centre we are excited about the trend of the growing numbers of women choosing to become a professional driver.

First Class Driver Training for Women

The career of a professional driver is rewarding, challenging, and inclusive.  As the North American economy heats up and driver shortages become more critical, the industry is lucky to see more women enter the workforce.

First Class is the leader in Class 1 training for everyone.  Our facilities are bright, modern and welcoming.  We continue to be committed to excellence in everything we do.  If you are interested in driver training in Winnipeg or rural Manitoba, check out First Class and ask a graduate about us.  They’ll tell you that our professionalism, attention to detail and the best instructor to student ratio in the business makes a difference.

Here’s to you for making the right choice for driver education.

Long Haul Trucking

If the thought of spending long hours on the open highway, criss-crossing Canada or the USA alone in the cab of an 18-wheeler excites you, you should consider a career in long haul trucking.

For the right type of person, long haul truck driving is a great job, but it’s not for everyone.

The Perfect Fit
Class 1 Long Haul Driver TrainingThe right type of person for long haul driving is self-motivated, loves travel, and enjoys being alone. It’s ideal for independent people who can work without supervision, and still get the job done. The pressure of scheduling while complying with all of the relevant laws regarding rest time, can be quite complicated. Only the most success-minded people are able to do the job at a high level.

There’s nobody out there on the road with you (except other drivers), so you’ll have to be able to spend long periods of time by yourself, with nothing but your thoughts and the radio for entertainment.

The most important quality in a long haul driver, in our experience, is a love of travel. It’s not a job for homebodies. The best truck drivers enjoy the freedom of the open road, and while they might enjoy the comforts of home, are equally happy out on the road.

Requirements
In Manitoba, you’ll need a Class 1 License to drive a transport truck, and undergo a regular medical examination. To work in the United States, you’ll need to be at least 21 years of age. You’ll need a good driving record, and in some cases you might have to pass a criminal background check and drug testing.

First Class Training Centre has instructors who can prepare you for your career on the road. We’re Manitoba’s Premiere Truck Driving School, and we have decades of hands-on experience in the business. Contact us online or call Toll Free 1-(855) 632-5302.

Tire Tips Wednesday

There’s a reason that the English language has taken on the saying “Where the rubber meets the road” to describe the moment of truth in a situation.  For safe vehicle operation, well-maintained tires are critical.

They’re also one of the most costly consumables in the road freight industry.  If you’re an owner/operator, tires can have a big impact on the bottom line of your business.  Here are some tips for prolonging the life of the tires on your tractor and trailer:

1)      Circle check! Do your walk around, and pay close attention to your tires.

2)      Maintain correct tire pressure. A tire that’s 10% overinflated will wear 18% faster.  Tires that are underinflated will run hotter, upping the risk of sudden failure.  Check them at least once a week.

3)       Keep them in balance. If they pick up mud or snow, or debris lodges in the tread, your tires will become unbalanced, which causes them to wear faster.

4)      Brake maintenance. Drum brakes are particularly prone to freezing on, and causing a tire to skid, which destroys it.  Have them serviced regularly, or consider a switch to disk brakes.

5)      Be careful off the road. Many loading docks, and especially construction zones and scrapyards can be minefields of tire-destroying debris.  It can pay to get out and have a look before heading in.  The rearmost tires on your trailer are particularly susceptible to damage, as they’re closest to the dock (and furthest from you) when backing up.

6)      Be proactive. Tires can be effectively retreaded, but not if they’re too badly worn or acutely damaged.  Be on the lookout for problems, take care of them quickly, and you’ll save money (and headache) in the long run.

First Class Training Centre is Winnipeg’s premiere source of truck driving instruction.  To find out how to start a career in the road freight industry, contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

Experience the First Class Difference

Let’s face it, there are lots of truck driving schools.  The Winnipeg area, as a central hub of the Canadian trucking industry, has a number of them.

Why should you choose one over another?  What makes First Class Training Centre a leader among Winnipeg driver training schools?

Experience

All of the instructors at First Class are career truckers.  Demand for our solid training and unique perspective on the trucking industry has been fuelling growth, and we now have six instructors on staff, with combined on-the-road trucking experience that exceeds two centuries!

Any truck driving school can teach you how to drive a truck.  At First Class Training Centre, we teach you how to be a truck driver.  All aspects of the job are covered in our training.  We don’t limit our instruction to the things that will help you get a license; we want to help you get a job.  We’ll do this by sharing the kind of insight that can only be earned by spending years doing the job, and helping you prepare for a career in the industry, not just a road test.

We know that trucking isn’t for everyone.  While the career offers great rewards (and all the trucking schools will tell you about the security and higher wages you can expect as the number of available drivers shrinks over the coming years) we can tell you the real story, and prepare you for the real career.  All of our instructors know exactly where the rubber meets the road.

If you want to find out if trucking is for you, come talk to our instructors.  First Class Training Centre is an excellent source of information for the curious and training for the committed. Our mission is to help our students build careers in the trucking industry. Contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.

A Holiday Greeting from First Class Training Centre

From Jim and the team at First Class Training Centre, we would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season!  2013 was a year of many successes for us, and we are looking forward to another prosperous year in 2014.

We will be closed from December 24th afternoon until January 1st of the new year.  Our school will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.  We will be starting a new Class 1 training course on January 4th so be sure to sign up for a spot to start the new year off on the right track.  We have limited seating available.

Have a wonderful holiday season and all the best to you and yours!

Ready Your Truck (and Yourself) for Winter Driving

We all experience trouble getting moving when the weather gets cold.  It feels like winter settles into our systems, and makes us more sluggish.  We don’t want to get out of our nice warm beds and head to work.

It’s a little like that for our trucks, too.  In cold weather (which there is no shortage of on the Canadian prairies), lubricant don’t flow as easily, fuel is reluctant to flow and burn, and moving parts become more brittle and break more easily.

Not only are breakdowns more likely in cold weather, they’re more inconvenient, too.  If you’re an Owner/Operator, there are some things you need to do in order to ready yourself and your vehicle for lower temperatures.

Preventing Winter Problems

Have your truck inspected by a mechanic before the cold weather comes.  It’s much better (and more economical) to fix the problem in a nice warm shop than it is out in the field.

Ensure that your fluids are winter grade (correct oil viscosity, coolant/antifreeze tested and rated for lower temperatures than you expect, and don’t forget to stock up on anti-gelling diesel additive.  It’s cheaper at home than it is on the road, and you’ll always know you have it.  Without it, your truck won’t run in low temperatures.

Equip Yourself

If you drive enough winter kilometers, sooner or later you’re going to be stranded.  Whether you’re snowed in at a rest stop (best place to be in a storm) or broken down in the middle of nowhere, you may need to rely on your survival kit.  Bring plenty of extra blankets, drinking water, non-perishable foods, and a flashlight with batteries.  Candles can provide light and heat in a sub-zero cab.  Also, ensure you’ve got a cellphone with a backup battery and charger with you – communications can be your lifeline in the event of an emergency.

If you want to learn what it takes to be a Transport Truck Driver, visit First Class Training Centre in Winnipeg.  You can visit us online or call Toll Free 1-855-632-5302.

In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.