BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) — Bill Schatti checks the brakes. The transmission is in neutral. He tests the turn signals. It’s part of his training at Scott Community College’s
truck driving training program.
Bill is working toward his commercial driver’s license. He is in the driver’s seat with instructor Ray Hitchcock alongside.
Hitchcock trains his student on the do’s and don’ts of driving the big rigs. Advice about maintaining distance, thumbs on top of the steering wheel, turning corners and using the clutch properly throughout the trip.
Fully loaded, some of the trucks weigh about eighty thousand pounds.
The students are trained on manual transmissions. The trailer is about fifty three feet long. The rigs are speed limited. They travel anywhere from sixty two to sixty six miles an hour.
Three weeks of classroom instruction. Seven weeks behind the wheel.
Safety first. Always! In this mobile classroom.