Class 1 & 3 Practical Training Outline Burnaby

North Shore Driving School Ltd. is proud to offer driving classes in Burnaby for new and learning truck drivers. Our Truck Driver Education Course is comprised of theory and practical training for Classes 1 and 3. Various topics are covered, from initial orientation to the vehicles where students become familiar with controls and adjustments, to the operation of vehicles including basic driving skills, urban traffic, and highway driving. Students learn the different techniques required in navigating freeways and city traffic, and how to drive on mountainous roads advancing your skills. We cover tractor-trailers and the different laws, which apply to professional drivers. These Burnaby driving classes prepare the student to competently drive trucks and trailers for commercial and professional purposes. Become involved by signing up for a course today!

Please see below, the core content of our theory and practical training for Class 1 and 3. These are the various topics we will cover with you during our training courses.

North Shore Driving School is conveniently located in Burnaby making access easy for students from the Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, and Abbotsford areas.

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Class 1 & 3 Practical Training Outline

The following is a general overview of the “On-Road” portion of the core program for Class 1 and 3 training.

Total hours of practical training will vary depending on your chosen course.

Orientation to Vehicles

Instrument and Control Familiarization

Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspections

Pre-Trip Documents and Log Books

Brake Adjustments

Operation of Vehicles

Starting Combination Vehicles

Moving Forward at Slow Speed

Basic Shifting and Clutch Control

Stopping at Various Speeds (Air Brake Control)

Basic Turning with and without a Trailer

Basic Backing with and without a Trailer

Steering, Curves, Corners, and Lane Positioning

Observation of Traffic and Highway Laws

Trailer Coupling and Uncoupling

Post-Trip Inspection

Make Final Log Book Entries

Driving in Urban Traffic

Visual Search: Collision Avoidance Techniques

Speed Management: Stopping Distances, Planning and Timing

Space Management: Blind Spots, Blocking for Corners, Space Cushion Driving

Proper Engine Operation

Gear Selection

Peak Torque Ranges

Shift Points

Progressive Shifting

Highway Driving

Space Management: Crossing, Joining, Leaving, Traffic Blending, Communicating with Other Traffic

Speed Management

Advanced Shifting, Gear Splitting, Clutch Blending

Visual Search: Pedestrians, Cyclists, Vehicles, Animals

Mountain Operating Procedures

Mandatory Brake Checks

Starting on Hills

Uphill and Downhill Shifts

Use of Retarder (Jake Brake)

Brake and Speed Management

Proper Gear Selection

Class 1 & 3 Theory Outline

The following represents the broad topics covered in the classroom theory portion of the Core Program.

Total hours of truck theory training: 8 Hours

Introduction to Tractor-Trailer Operation

Control Systems

Vehicle Inspection

Introduction to Basic Control Maneuvers




Trailer Backing

Theory of Operating Combination Vehicles in Traffic

Visual Search


Speed Management, Fuel-Efficient Driving

Night Operation

Traffic Laws, Signs, and Signals

Extreme Driving Situations

Advanced Operating Theory

Hazard Perception

Defensive Driving

Emergency Maneuvers

Skid Control and Recovery

Stopping Distances

Vehicle Maintenance Theory

Vehicle Systems: Engines, Turbos, Clutches, Transmissions, Engine Brakes

Preventative Maintenance and Servicing

Diagnosing and Reporting Malfunctions

The Professional Driver and the Law

Vehicle Registration, Permits, and Log Books

National Safety Code

Weight Scales

Inter-Provincial Trucking

Dangerous Goods

Load Security

Mountain Operating Procedures