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The Tractor Trailer Book: Practical Advice For Driving Tractor Trailers Paperback – March 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441453725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441453723
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jimmy Cox is a professional tractor trailer driver employed by Vanguard Driver Services of Indianapolis, Indiana. Vanguard provides drivers for different companies and Jimmy is currently assigned to drive for Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Co. He has 10 years experience driving tractor trailers. Based near Syracuse, NY, he has worked as a long haul truck driver, as well as driving local and regional routes. He has experience driving in many metropolitan areas including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Montreal, Miami, and Toronto.

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David N. Hochstettler
Do yourself a favor and buy this book ASAP, as it should be required reading at all CDL schools.
J. Jordan
The previous books we very limited in the description on how to perform backing.
Thomas J. Fenzel

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Fenzel on July 12, 2009
I am changing careers into truck driving as I am 52 and my previous jobs keep migrating over seas. In the past, I bought a few books on how to drive a tractor trailer. Even though those books were good, they did not go into the detail of backing that I needed to understand. The previous books we very limited in the description on how to perform backing. I found that "The Tractor Trailer Book" explained very well the methods of backing in different types of situations. The book also describes the essentials of driving in the categories of shifting, highway driving, city driving, and attitude among other important driving concepts. I would very much recommend this book to new drivers and even experienced drivers that need more help on their backing techniques.

Tom
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Don E. Rainwater on April 8, 2009
My parents are truck drivers and I have always been interested in their line of work. I picked up this book because it was recommended by several truck drivers I know. The book is easy to read and is a wealth of information about the truck driving industry. It also details tips and the do's and do nots of the road on a day to day basis. If you are going to run into trouble on the highway while trying to make a living, then this is the book for you. The section on how to back into a tight parking spot at a truck stop is priceless to the experienced or novice truck driver. So if you ever though about life driving the big rigs or you want a good book full of driving tips and living on the road advice, this book is for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Wade on November 18, 2009
This was the first book I have ever read on Tractor Trailer operation and it could not have been written any better , Jimmy Cox made me feel as if I were in the drivers seat as I read it, this book should be a must read in all CDL schools. I have to agree with all the other people who reviewed this book , congratulation Jimmy on a job well done , when are you doing your next one. I have only one complaint with this book ",THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PAGES" , YOU HAVE LEFT ME WANTING MORE.
Jim Wade,
Newfoundland ,
Canada
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JeffD on May 13, 2009
This book is a great idea. I bought it for my neighbor who is going to school to be a truck driver, and it seems to have all the essentials to get started. Even for someone who's an experienced driver, these are great tips on how to stay safe on the road. All the in's and outs - from knowing the mechanics of the truck you're driving, to some true stories of life on the road. You don't realize how much goes into a job like this. Even if you're considering a life on the road, this book may help you decide if you've got what it takes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt on June 19, 2009
This book is a great read for anyone that would consider becoming a trucker. "The Tractor Trailer Book" is well written and very easy to follow and understand. This book paints a realistic picture as to what to expect as a truck driver. The authors own past experiences create real world examples that are valuable knowledge.

Well worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DavidR on December 31, 2010
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I am an AZ Truck Driver student in Ontario, Canada & I purchased this book to assist in learning all that I can to prepare me for on the job.

This book is easy to read and simple to understand. Written from the author's own experiences, it really makes you think. I will definitely keep this book with me on the road and use it as a reference point.

Thanks Jim!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Firari on August 18, 2009
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I have been to CDL school and this would have been a great tool during backing practice on the range! The information on backing is spot on and the diagrams are well done! This is a great book for someone just learning to drive a truck and the added "real world" comments will keep you out of trouble. I'm donating my copy to my school, I hope they add this book as a required text.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas W. Horton on April 6, 2010
This book is a must if you plan to go to school or be a Professional Truck Driver.
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