Proper driver training goes beyond what producers already practice. Ready mixed concrete producers buy front-discharge trucks because they are value-added products. But training drivers for these models entails issues beyond regular training.
Drivers should learn the front-discharge truck's capabilities, their responsibility to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, and the need to carefully back the truck up.
Ben Bryant, senior mentor driver at Transit Mix Concrete Co., Colorado Springs, takes drivers through an obstacle course in fronts. Morse Brothers, Tangent, Ore., offers a training video for pretrip inspection for fronts.
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