Careers & Training, Driver education, Driver training

Jim Pearson Transport gives training the thumbs-up 

For Jim Pearson Transport, Mercedes-Benz’s truck training program has been helping drivers make the most of the Actros’ safety features and fuel saving capabilities.

“We find it very useful,” said Jim Pearson. “There are so many features in these trucks that it is really worthwhile to have someone come and explain and demonstrate them.”

Jim Pearson Transport is based in Port Macquarie, NSW, running mainly between Sydney and Brisbane. It operates a fleet of modern trucks including the Mercedes-Benz Actros.

Mercedes-Benz offers its complimentary truck training with every Mercedes-Benz Actros that is purchased – and Jim Pearson Transport has many of this model in the fleet.

Pearson says that Glen Lewis, who is one of the Mercedes-Benz Truck trainers, also points out where all the savings are.

Jim Pearson Transport Grafton depot manager, Graeme Wood, added that all Jim Pearson Transport driver trainers complete the truck training program, along with senior drivers.

Many of them will then go out with other company drivers to pass on any tips and tricks.

Wood says the truck training program helps drivers to get the most out of the advanced Mercedes-Benz engines, which have ample torque and do not need to be revved hard.

“Glen is able to demonstrate how to drive it in the torque band, rather than revving it out, so the truck is better on fuel, the truck goes better and the driver feels better too,” explained Wood.

“These trucks can be deceptive because they are so quiet and refined that you think they are going slowly when they aren’t revving hard, but that’s not the case. It is one thing to explain to a driver how they can save fuel, but it is much more effective to show them that they can also get over the next hill quicker.”

Mercedes-Benz truck training is available to single operators and fleets across Australia and is free of charge for new Actros customers. Training programs can also be tailored for specific fleets.

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