Mountain Driver Training

Based in Castlegar, BC within one hour of 4 different mountain passes Mountain Transport Institute Ltd. is situated in the best terrain to build your skills. Our mountain driver training is a week long immersion into the intricacies of handling heavily loaded trucks in the mountains, and is offered with loaded tridem trailers or loaded super “B” trailers.

Students will be taught proper procedures for ascending and descending long mountain grades. Instruction includes methods to complete difficult downhill downshifts when the wrong gear has been selected for descending a grade, as well as methods for identifying sharp curves ahead of time and proper procedures for dealing with them. Techniques for deciding how to choose the correct gears for downgrades and anticipating grade changes are taught and reinforced.

Students will complete a written test on the theory of driving mountains and hills. There is a 3-hour evaluation on the final day and upon successful completion of both of these a mountain driver training certificate will be issued to the student.

Entrance requirements:

✓ Valid Class 1 License
✓ Copy of current drivers abstract
✓ Students must be competent at up- and downshifting a non-synchronized multi-speed transmission.

Drivers receive:

✓ 4 hours classroom time
✓ 2 hours shifting simulator time
✓ 24 hours truck time
✓ 22.5 hours observation*

*The observation time is only included when there are two participants at the same time.

Tuition:  $4,000 with loaded tridem trailer

Accommodations are available in Castlegar; Room & board, rooms only with shared kitchen & laundry, or suites for rent. Please contact us for further information.