Traditionally, the trucking industry has been conservative in adopting new products and practices, but intense competition and emphasis on productivity have changed things. Fortunately, resources are in place to help avoid costly surprises. Most manufacturers offer professional training programs and product information resources. A key decision point here is whether or not hands-on examples of instruction are necessary. Meanwhile, industry associations, especially those having technical divisions or subsets, are often the best source for information regarding industry guidelines for training and specifying/maintaining equipment. The Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) is an outstanding reference source for the industry. In addition to face-to-face interaction with industry peers and suppliers at biannual meetings, TMC publishes Recommended Practices.
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