research on intelligence by David Wechsler reveals three aspects of
intelligence: a verbal factor for word problems and reasoning; a visual-motor
factor for eye-hand coordination and aptitude; and memory.
exam includes three sections which measure verbal, visual-motor and memory
aspects of intelligence:
of our clients find that drivers need at least Average range scores on the
intelligence portion of the test to succeed in their flatbed operations. Lower
intelligence handicaps the driver too much in learning flatbed load-handling
Some of the very best drivers have Average intelligence scores, including
winners of State competitions.
Persons in management positions who have taken the test tend to have High and
Very High scores on intelligence. It is important to know the intelligence level
of a driver to place him appropriately in the work force. Simpler driving jobs,
such as local hauls repeated over and over in the same manner and with a
constant type of load, can be handled by drivers with modest intelligence.
Average or higher intelligence is desirable in drivers who must have greater
technical knowledge and function more independently, for example in long-haul
flatbedding, household goods moving, tank truck driving and hazardous materials
transport. Finally, those who want to move up from driving to supervisory,
training or management positions will do better with above-average intelligence.
Factual knowledge is the information required to pass state licensing exams and
contained in various driver handbooks, such as those available from the American
Trucking Associations. This information includes knowledge of truck
mechanics and operation, rules of the road, and log book and safety regulations.
It is also information specific to areas of specialization within the heavy
trucking field -- such as flatbed load-handling, moving van load-handling and
handling of hazardous materials.
The following sections
of our exam measure factual knowledge:
Note: The Federal Regs. Section is periodically updated to stay current with
changes in these regulations.
The test questions are difficult enough that a person must have studied this
material to get a decent score. Factual knowledge can be taught and learned
through truck driving school classes, company training programs or on-the-job
experience. The ten load-handling alternatives are federal regulations for
general commodities van drivers, plus tests for flatbeds, liquid tank trucks,
moving vans, reefers, log trucks, dry tanks, pick up and delivery and
doubles/triples and cement mixers.
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