DECA training on track

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed


A traffic-free environment reduces stress for aspiring truck drivers at DECA’s Logic Campus in Victoria.

DECA training on track
Alex Stojanovic says the 1.6km track at DECA is an ideal learning environment for aspiring truck drivers.

 

DECA’s 1.6km B-triple rated track is proving a great asset at the Logic Campus at Barnawartha North, Victoria.

Located 15km south of Wodonga, the Logic Campus opened in August 2012.

When Owner//Driver visited the campus recently, trainer David Olsson was preparing a group of four people for licences to drive medium rigid trucks.

This group included teachers who needed to drive a school bus and equestrians who wanted to transport horses in a truck.

Their course began in the classroom before they hit DECA’s 11 metre wide track.

DECA Transport business facilitator Alex Stojanovic says the DECA track is proving especially helpful for the new generation of aspiring truck drivers, many of whom have only driven automatic cars.

"They can stop and start and not interfere with the traffic. And it’s also a confidence thing. If you throw them out into the traffic straight away they start to panic. That’s the advantage of the track," Stojanovic says.

After gaining confidence on the track, students progress to nearby country roads before tackling the Hume Freeway and Albury-Wodonga’s traffic lights and roundabouts.

The DECA track is ideal for rookies, but experienced drivers benefit from more challenging conditions while training for licence upgrades.

DECA and Murray Goulburn have united to develop a trial program which enables milk tanker drivers to continue working while they learn to drive B-doubles.

DECA trainers spend two days travelling in B-doubles with the Murray Goulburn drivers while they collect milk from farms throughout north east Victoria.

The drivers only spend the last day of the three-day program away from their normal work duties.

Their on-the-job B-double experience adds to their confidence when they complete their assessments for multi combination trucks at the end of the third day.

Read the full article in the February issue of Owner//Driver. Get your copy now.

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