Two Awesome New Flatbed Sections Now In The High Road Training Program!

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey folks....great news for flatbedders and future flatbedders. We now have two new training modules for flatbed in our High Road Training Program!

The first section is called Cargo Securement. It's 32 pages of content with 138 multiple choice questions and let me tell ya...that's a lot of material.

Cargo Securement Table of Contents:

  • Page 119 - Fundamentals of Cargo Securement
  • Page 120 - Cargo Standards For Drivers And Carriers
  • Page 121 - Components Of A Securement System
  • Page 122 - Containing, Immobilizing, and Securing Cargo
  • Page 123 - Tiedown Requirements
  • Page 124 - Using Adequate Securing Devices
  • Page 125 - Aggregate Working Load Limit
  • Page 126 - Log Securement
  • Page 127 - Log Securement Requirements
  • Page 128 - Long Log And Short Log Securement
  • Page 129 - Securing Dressed Lumber and Building Materials
  • Page 130 - Positioning and Securing Bundles
  • Page 131 - Metal Coil Securement
  • Page 132 - Requirements For Securing A Single Coil
  • Page 133 - Single Coil Tiedown Options
  • Page 134 - Requirements For Securing Rows Of Coils
  • Page 135 - Securement Of Paper Rolls
  • Page 136 - Loading and Securing Paper Rolls with Eyes Vertical
  • Page 137 - Paper Roll Securement Of Split Loads
  • Page 138 - Loading and Securing Paper Rolls with Eyes Horizontal
  • Page 139 - Securing Paper Rolls On A Curtain Side Vehicle
  • Page 140 - Securing Concrete Pipe Loaded Crosswise
  • Page 141 - Concrete Pipe Securement With Different Layouts
  • Page 142 - Appropriate Tiedowns For Groups Of Pipe
  • Page 143 - Securing Smaller Diameter Concrete Pipe
  • Page 144 - Securing Intermodal Containers
  • Page 145 - Automobile, Light Truck, and Van Securement
  • Page 146 - Securing Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, and Machinery
  • Page 147 - Flattened or Crushed Vehicle Securement
  • Page 148 - Securement Of Roll-On/Roll-Off and Hook Containers
  • Page 149 - Securing Large Boulders
  • Page 150 - Cubic And Non-Cubic Boulder Securement
  • Page 151 - Appendix A: Default WLLs for Unmarked Tiedowns
The second section is the New York State Coil Endorsement. And believe me, even if you don't want that particular endorsement you're going to want the knowledge in this section if you're hauling coils. There are very few 'minor accidents' involving coils. Make no assumptions. Learn it right. This section is 11 pages long and has 56 multiple choice questions.

New York State Coil Endorsement Table of Contents:

  • Page 152 - Fundamentals Of Cargo Securement
  • Page 153 - Failure Modes For Securement Systems
  • Page 154 - Securement Devices, Assemblies and Components
  • Page 155 - Working Load Limit Table
  • Page 156 - Strength Rating For Blocking Systems
  • Page 157 - Cargo Roll Prevention
  • Page 158 - Calculating Working Load Limits for Indirect Tiedowns
  • Page 159 - Tie Down And Inspection Requirements
  • Page 160 - Securing A Single Metal Coil with Eyes Vertical
  • Page 161 - Securing a Row of Metal Coils with Eyes Vertical
  • Page 162 - Securing Individual Metal Coils with Eyes Lengthwise

These sections are brand new so please let us know what you think. You might find a few typos or a question that's confusing, things like that. Let us know and you'll help us get this thing buttoned up solid for everyone to use for years to come.

You're going to find these sections incredibly valuable. Even if you're an experienced flatbedder you're certainly going to learn a few things from 43 long pages of materials. Guaranteed!

Check it out and let us know what you think. Thanks!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

The Dude's Comment
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Wow !

I've been back and forth on whether I want to train or not, and this might help me want to do so. I could ask them to complete these sections while they are training and that could help me immensely in getting them prepared for everything in such a short period of time.

I will go through all of the sections later on today.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow !

I've been back and forth on whether I want to train or not, and this might help me want to do so. I could ask them to complete these sections while they are training and that could help me immensely in getting them prepared for everything in such a short period of time.

I will go through all of the sections later on today.

Oh it would be immensely valuable to your teaching efforts! We've also included tons of flatbed terms into the program. Flatbed has about 100 terms that apply to everything from the various parts of the trailer to methods of tying things down to the securement equipment itself. And we've put the terms right into the quizzes themselves so you have to learn them to get through the program.

Seriously, anyone going into flatbed needs to do these two sections.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Now we know what you have been doing the last couple of months, putting this post together... LOL

Have looked at the first two sections so far and I like it. That took some time to put together and all drivers should be thankful for that. Not only the flatbed drivers but other drivers that have to travel next to or behind that flatbed.

DaveDiesel's Comment
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Seriously, anyone going into flatbed needs to do these two sections.

Awesome Brett!

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, has anyone used these sections yet? Yeah, I could look it up but I wanted to bump this to the top again anyhow.

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LadyDee's Comment
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Mr. Aquila, I've been hard at work for the past couple of days, taking advantage of your HRTP. I just finished the HazMat section. I just want to THANK YOU for this EXCELLENT program. I appreciate your willingness to encourage and help "wannabes" like myself, and for taking the time out of your personal life to do this for us. I'm amazed at how much of this information I'm actually retaining. I don't know if it's because of the way you constucted the program, or if it's God telling me to go for it (truck driving). Maybe it's both. All I know is, I want to be like you when I grow up! God bless you.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Old School's Comment
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Hey Brett, I know you love a challenge, and that was definitely what you faced when putting all that information together. Thanks a million for doing that job! There are precious few resources out there for new flat-bedders, and this will definitely be a boon for many of us.

I'm going to go through the sections to help you see if there might be any glitches in there, but I just haven't had the time to get started on that little project yet. Too many irons in the fire for the moment, but I will get to it.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Brett, thanks for putting this together! I have a vague recollection of asking you for this at one point, and really appreciate the time you've obviously spent on putting it together. I will definitely be telling flatbed trainers I know about this great resource.

I have read up to the section on securing logs and loved it. It's very similar information to a book on securement I read through when I first started. I will try to finish this afternoon since I'm waiting till tomorrow morning for a load (out of hours on my 70) and should have time. It is an excellent resource, and already has reminded me of a couple things I don't always give enough thought to.

Thanks again!

Gary J.'s Comment
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Hey, has anyone used these sections yet? Yeah, I could look it up but I wanted to bump this to the top again anyhow.

Thanks for the bump Brett! It's on my to do list. Also, thanks for a great site.

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