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Class 1 & 3 Practical Training Outline North Vancouver & Burnaby

North Shore Driving School Ltd. is proud to offer driving classes in North Vancouver for new and learning truck drivers. Our Truck Driver Education Course is comprised of theory and practical training for Classes 1 and 3. Various topics are covered, from initial orientation to the vehicles where students become familiar with controls and adjustments, to the operation of vehicles including basic driving skills, urban traffic, and highway driving. Students learn the different techniques required in navigating freeways and city traffic, and how to drive on mountainous roads advancing your skills. We cover tractor-trailers and the different laws, which apply to professional drivers. These Burnaby driving classes prepare the student to competently drive trucks and trailers for commercial and professional purposes. Become involved by signing up for a course today!


Please see below, the core content of our theory and practical training for Class 1 and 3. These are the various topics we will cover with you during our training courses.


North Shore Driving School also serves Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, and Abbotsford.


Contact North Shore Driving School in North Vancouver or Burnaby for more information about our course outline.

Class 1 & 3 Practical Training Outline

The following is a general overview of the "On-Road" portion of the core program for Class 1 and 3 training.


Total hours of practical training will vary depending on your chosen course.

Orientation to Vehicles

  • Instrument and Control Familiarization
  • Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspections
  • Pre-Trip Documents and Log Books
  • Brake Adjustments


Operation of Vehicles

  • Starting Combination Vehicles
  • Moving Forward at Slow Speed
  • Basic Shifting and Clutch Control
  • Stopping at Various Speeds (Air Brake Control)
  • Basic Turning with and without a Trailer
  • Basic Backing with and without a Trailer
  • Steering, Curves, Corners, and Lane Positioning
  • Observation of Traffic and Highway Laws
  • Trailer Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Post-Trip Inspection
  • Make Final Log Book Entries


Driving in Urban Traffic

  • Visual Search: Collision Avoidance Techniques
  • Speed Management: Stopping Distances, Planning and Timing
  • Space Management: Blind Spots, Blocking for Corners, Space Cushion Driving


Proper Engine Operation

  • Gear Selection
  • Peak Torque Ranges
  • Shift Points
  • Progressive Shifting


Highway Driving

  • Space Management: Crossing, Joining, Leaving, Traffic Blending, Communicating with Other Traffic
  • Speed Management
  • Advanced Shifting, Gear Splitting, Clutch Blending
  • Visual Search: Pedestrians, Cyclists, Vehicles, Animals


Mountain Operating Procedures

  • Mandatory Brake Checks
  • Starting on Hills
  • Uphill and Downhill Shifts
  • Use of Retarder (Jake Brake)
  • Brake and Speed Management
  • Proper Gear Selection


Class 1 & 3 Theory Outline

The following represents the broad topics covered in the classroom theory portion of the Core Program.


Total hours of truck theory training: 8 Hours


Introduction to Tractor-Trailer Operation

  • Control Systems
  • Vehicle Inspection


Introduction to Basic Control Maneuvers

  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Coupling
  • Trailer Backing


Theory of Operating Combination Vehicles in Traffic

  • Visual Search
  • Communication
  • Speed Management, Fuel-Efficient Driving
  • Night Operation
  • Traffic Laws, Signs, and Signals
  • Extreme Driving Situations


Advanced Operating Theory

  • Hazard Perception
  • Defensive Driving
  • Emergency Maneuvers
  • Skid Control and Recovery
  • Stopping Distances


Vehicle Maintenance Theory

  • Vehicle Systems: Engines, Turbos, Clutches, Transmissions, Engine Brakes
  • Preventative Maintenance and Servicing
  • Diagnosing and Reporting Malfunctions


The Professional Driver and the Law

  • Vehicle Registration, Permits, and Log Books
  • National Safety Code
  • Weight Scales
  • Inter-Provincial Trucking
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Load Security
  • Mountain Operating Procedures
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