Truckers Can Still Be The “Knights Of The Road”
The CDL license training programs at New England Tractor Trailer Training School are designed to help someone become a safe, knowledgeable and professional truck driver. The skills are taught in the classroom, and put it into practice behind the wheel to help students learn and be comfortable driving a tractor trailer.
This teaches them the mechanics, but its our instructors, who come from the trucking industry, that have the ability to show our students what it means to be a true professional driver.
Our team in North Andover recently received this letter in the mail:
To whom it may concern:
I am writing to compliment your driving instructor named Matt. On May 31st, my car broke down on the Ward Hill Connector off Exit 48 off Route 495. Unfortunately, for the FIRST time, I had started driving with a dead cell phone battery, and planned on charging it in the car. I had to resort to waving someone down for help. A lot of vehicles passed by.
Not Matt. He had his student pull over and called his dispatcher to let him know what had happened. He let me use his cell phone to call AAA, and also to call my friend who would be worried when I didn’t show up. He could not have been kinder.
Forty-two years ago (1974), I moved from New York State to Massachusetts as a young nurse, and used to drive back and from a lot (no cell phones then). My father told me that professional truck drivers were the “knights of the road” and that they would always help someone who needed it. He was right.
Again, thank you so much to Matt. Please feel free to share the contents of this letter with your students.
Sincerely, and gratefully,
Mike Demars is a 28-year trucking veteran, as well as a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training School with well over a million miles logged on the road. Prior to being the Regional Director of Safety & Training for our Connecticut locations, Mike spent over a decade on the road as an owner/operator of a long haul transportation company and previously managed drivers as a Driver Manager and Safety Director. He has achieved the level of Master Instructor and holds his certificate in Collision Avoidance, and is often sought as an industry expert to discuss practices within the field and to testify in transportation and trucking matters.