GATLINBURG, Tenn.—City of Gatlinburg employees with Commercial Drivers Licenses recently underwent classroom and behind the wheel training for driving techniques.
Drivers with CDLs from the Mass Transit, Street, Sanitation, Recreation, Building Maintenance, and Service Center Departments participated in the training. The training sessions, which were held over two days, focused on Individuals behind the wheels of the vehicles went through a number of exercises to familiarize themselves with the vehicles and practice techniques. Classroom training on various topics, including hazardous materials, defensive driving, emergency evacuations, and ADA rules and regulations were also a part of the day’s activities.
Gatlinburg Mass Transit manager Nick White coordinated and facilitated the training opportunity for the City’s CDL drivers. White is certified to coordinate the Transit Operator Development Course through the Transit and Paratransit Company (TAPTCO).
“This training is very important and allows us to make sure the drivers are familiar with the vehicles and when they are behind the wheel that they are as safe as they can be,” said White.
Drivers participating in the behind the wheel training went through several exercises, including a serpentine setup which they drove through, a fake railroad crossing, and an alley backup situation.
“This training allows us to see if the drivers are properly holding the steering wheel and properly watching their mirrors, as well as giving each individual more opportunities to familiarize themselves with the vehicle in these situations in a safe environment,” White said.