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Training Truck Drivers Like Pilots
THOROUGHTEC Simulation, the Umhlanga-based manufacturer of simulators for the mining, military and construction industries, supports the call to train truck drivers like pilots. As reported in The Driver newsletter for professional drivers, any modern truck is more complex to operate than a single-engined aircraft, and the drivers are calling for their training to reflect this.
 
One of the suggestions made is that truck drivers should be trained on simulators. ThoroughTec, which has sold 500 simulator units in 20 years, said the benefits of simulation training have been proven in numerous industries, from commercial and military aviation to heavy-equipment operator training in mining. "Simulator-trained drivers achieve competency quicker, operate more efficiently and are better equipped to handle unexpected and emergency situations: Greg Lew, ThoroughTec's executive vice-president in charge of global strategy, told Witness Wheels. He said simulators can be used for beginner training, refresher training, operator screening and evaluation.
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ThoroughTec Simulation

ThoroughTec Simulation is the largest global supplier of both surface and underground mining simulators; is the leading supplier of military simulators in its local market and has recently launched a construction simulator range.

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