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FMCSA may emphasize behind the wheel training for novice drivers

Sometimes, there is a clear “correct” way to accomplish a given
goal. If a goal is not pursued in this specific way, the goal’s
outcome will not be achieved. For example, if one wants to serve beef
lasagna to several guests but chooses to use eggplant as a substitute
for beef while cooking the dish, one will not be able to serve beef lasagna
to those guests. However, there are countless scenarios in which one may
choose any number of varied paths when pursuing a specific goal.

For example, there are many options one can embrace when training a novice
driver. One can place the novice driver in a simulator, teach many skills
in a classroom setting, encourage the driver to learn behind the wheel,
etc. There is no one “right” way to teach a novice driver
how to successfully become a safe and efficient motorist. However, there
may be approaches that are ultimately more beneficial than others.

Recently, an advisory committee of stakeholders invested in the issue of
commercial vehicle novice driver training concluded that behind the wheel
training is ultimately more beneficial than performance-based training.
Certainly, training drivers to operate massive commercial vehicles requires
different skill sets than training teenagers to operate light vehicles.
And it seems that this committee believes that behind the wheel training
is the preferred way to accomplish novice commercial driver preparation.

The Federal Motor Carrier will likely take the committee’s recommendations
into consideration as it considers the issue of how to best train novice
commercial vehicle drivers.

Source: Fleet Owner, “Hours – Not Performance – Says FMCSA Driver Training Committee,” Larry Kahaner, June 5, 2015

Medical Malpractice

Study: medical malpractice laws don\’t reduce health care costs

It has long been claimed in Joplin and across the nation that our healthcare costs are soaring because doctors are forced to order expensive tests that patients don’t need. Doctors claim that they order the unneeded tests – often referred to as “defensive medicine” – to guard against medical malpractice claims. That’s what physicians have long said, anyway. Reuters reports that a new study shows the \”defensive medicine\” claim is

Truck Accidents

Looking at the issue of cargo securement in the trucking industry

Truck accidents can occur for all sorts of reasons, and commercial vehicle drivers and their employers have a duty to see to it that they are not only abiding by all state and federal safety regulations, but engaging in business practices which promote safety on the roadway. Truck safety regulations cover a variety of issues, such as hours of service, drug testing, and vehicle maintenance. One important area of regulation

Car Accidents

Blast of winter returns to Joplin

Last winter in Joplin was foot-numbing, face-freezing, finger-cracking cold and this year’s blast of icy weather is likely to be no better. Fortunately, we can prepare for what is ahead. AAA has a number of winter driving tips that can help motorists avoid motor vehicle accidents that cause injuries. AAA\’s winter driving advice includes the following: Before driving long distances across Missouri, check weather reports online or on TV to

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