It only takes a minute for an incident to happen that stops your life or those of your loved ones in its tracks. It can take a lifetime of training to know what to do in that moment and depending on the situation that training may or may not help you. This winter alone I have had a couple of friends hurt in incidents and one in particular had an excellent career and lots of experience.
Where most people get mixed up is between training and judgement. Training is something that can be taught and over time can become like second nature so that during an incident a person knows exactly what to do during a situation. Judgement is more difficult in knowing whether an action is the right thing to do or not because often it is a personal decision based on the thought process of the person. Judgement usually plays a part before an incident and may even play a part in the incident all together.
So should you focus on judgment or training. The real key is to focus on both based on the information you have at the time. For instance you may have been trained to drive in the snow, so from a training standpoint you feel comfortable in winter conditions. That being said any experienced driver will tell you that knowing to drive in the snow is only part of the equation. The other factors such as vehicle dynamics, driver tolerance, road factors, and traffic conditions also play a part in whether you should be driving in the snow. As you can see the judgement encompasses all those other factors. With proper judgement you may decide not to drive in those conditions. Judgment is the key to successful training!
As I mentioned in the beginning I have some friends that have started the year off in a bad way. Both are laying in comas at this time and we pray for them. My hope in writing this article for you today is that you will learn good judgement while getting certified training through one of the TTSAO schools. The training may save your life and good judgement may prevent an incident all together, after all it only takes a minute for your life to change!
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com