New England Motor Freight (NEMF) is pleased to announce the opening of an additional driver training school at their NEMF terminal in Columbus, OH. The school, which opened on May 4th, covers drivers in the Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo and Chicago areas. The first class of eight graduates will finish their training on July 10th.
The new Columbus location gives NEMF its fifth training school location; NEMF also has locations in Lehighton, PA; Meriden, CT and two schools in the Harrisburg, PA area. The first NEMF driver training schools were opened in 2004. All training locations are under the control of our Corporate Safety Department.
NEMF’s program consists of ten weeks of training broken down as follows / eight weeks of combined classroom and hands on instruction / during this time the driver trainee is guided by one of our professional Regional Driver / Safety Trainers. During week eight, the driver trainees will test and receive their Commercial Driver’s License. Once they receive their CDL, the driver trainee will be put out in the field for “On The Job” training with a senior NEMF driver/mentor for two additional weeks.
The program is designed to not only instruct the students on the materials necessary to pass the CDL test, but it is also geared toward creating a professional career minded truck driver.
Drivers receive EXTENSIVE instruction in the following areas during the program:
- CMV Entry Level knowledge
- Pre-trip and Post-trip inspection procedures
- Backing and Parking maneuvers
- CSA Basics (The FMCSA’s “Compliance, Safety, Accountability” Program)
- Smith System Safe Driving Certification
- Training in Longer Combination Vehicles
- Training in completion of Driver Record of Duty Status (HOURS OF SERVICE regulations)
- Thorough training in Hazardous Material Transportation (Including OSHA Right To Know)
- Safe use of Forklift
- Operation of tractor and trailer on city streets and interstate highways
- Operation and use of air brake system
- Proper shifting techniques
- Dropping and Hooking Techniques
- DOT rules and regulations
According to Tom Hartley, Director of Safety, “In my opinion, these driver training schools are the key to our future success. The NEMF Safety Department is committed to creating safe, conscientious and professional drivers. These well-educated and safe drivers are at the very core of our efforts, as we work to meet our customers’ needs.”