A career driving a truck has great appeal to many people. Truck drivers are a central part of the American economy and transport goods from coast-to-coast. However, this is not a job for the “Average Joe” driver. These massive trucks controlled by inexperienced drivers can be very dangerous weapons. This is why training 18-wheeler drivers is so important.
The average 18-wheeler is 70-80 feet long, weighing in at a massive 80,000 pounds. That is 40 (FORTY) tons! In addition, the standard height of 18-wheelers is 13’ 6”. The time it takes to stop one of these massive rigs is estimated to be 40% greater than that of the average automobile. One can see why in the hands of inexperienced drivers, these rigs can cause catastrophic damage.
I cannot think of a single person who would go under the knife of a “surgeon” who has not been to medical school. The same should hold true for truck drivers. We should only share the road with drivers who have training in the operation of 18-wheelers. The fact that these rigs are so different from the average automobile makes training imperative.
 “Facts About Trucks,” available at http://www.thetruckersreport.com/facts-about-trucks/. (Accessed February 11, 2010).