Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) is any combination of a tractor-trailer and two or more trailers, which operate on highways with a gross vehicle weight of more than 80,000 pounds. The sheer size of these vehicles requires driver to receive additional training to operate them.
Like most training concerning the trucking industry, the federal government mandates drivers receive preparation courses, but states can delegate how it is done. Most states only allow two trailers to be hauled at a time. However, some allow triples which are usually restricted to less populated states such as Idaho, Oregon and Montana.
Individuals should receive LCV training to help keep the roads safe and for the security of the load they are hauling. There has been considerable debate on the security measures used in commercial heavy trucks, which is a result of the alteration of truck sizes and weights. However, training in this sector gives employees and their companies peace of mind knowing they can drive these large vehicle safely.
Students in the program will be taken through orientation, basic operation, safe operating practices, advanced operations and non-driving activities, such as properly using a logbook. After completing the classroom portion of the training, enrollees participate in behind-the-wheel instruction, which is designed to provide an opportunities to develop the skills outlined in the training's proficiency development unity of the program.
Individuals who receive this training will be more attractive to prospective employers. Even if operators have a commercial driver license (CDL), they may want to explore LCV training to increase their job opportunities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for transportation and material moving occupations are expected to increase by 13 percent in the coming years. More 8,000 new opportunities are projected to be available to for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.