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Bennett Employees Explore a New Technology Training Solution
July 12, 2015
Driving can be a tricky business that takes skill and practice. That’s why L-3 came to Bennett International Group’s home office in McDonough, Georgia on June 11, 2015 with what they call “a new approach to driver training.”
Let’s face it, sitting in the driver’s seat of a big rig can be both scary and intimidating, even for the most seasoned drivers, especially given certain scenarios such as the uncertainties of weather, terrain, other vehicles pedestrians, and more. But with L-3’s training solution, driver training can be taken to a new level. According to representatives from the company, with the help of a driver simulator, L-3’s training solution is unique because it can adapt to the driver’s skill level.
Several Bennett home office employees sat in the driver’s seat and tested out the training technology firsthand. With a back-lit, LCD screen that reaches a height of 76.8,” a width of 110.6,” a depth of 60.9,” and first-rate graphics, drivers sit in a custom seat based on the type of vehicle they are “driving,” in this case an F150 truck and flatbed. Once mirrors are adjusted and the seat belt buckled, the driver is ready to take the wheel and test their driving skills. Different driving scenarios are set based on weather and road conditions and area. For example, drivers can find themselves climbing a mountainside during a winter snowstorm in Denver or driving the narrow and crowded streets of a neighborhood in Anytown, USA. And during the 10 to 15 minute exercise, a driver may find him or herself driving through several different scenarios before reaching the end of the exercise. Drivers can also get the “feel” like they are really driving through the dash and the custom seat. And throughout the exercise, the simulator can record the driver’s skill and reactions to adverse situations that can be played back and viewed as a teaching tool.
For professional truck drivers, the training technology can start with a virtual pre-trip inspection, a DOT requirement prior each haul, with technology that includes about 240 embedded CSA violations. Based on that virtual pre-trip inspection, the driver can get a custom driving scenario with correlations between pre-trip inspection and the route, which allows a company to obtain a risk profile for each driver. For example, if the driver misses a defect in a tire during the pre-trip inspection, he or she will likely experience a blowout during the driving scenario.
Randall Vernon, vice president of safety at Bennett International Group, said that safety is Bennett’s number one priority. “We are always looking at different options that focus on safety and make us safer as a company,” Vernon said.
L-3 representatives said they are already helping a large number of transportation companies improve their accident stats with this training technology. They are also looking to improve the technology with the use of Google Maps, and in the future, drivers will be able to simulate their actual routes so they can anticipate and overcome challenges before they hit the road.
Today, we honor our 2023 Drivers & Women of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers/employees and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2023 has been an extraordinary year and these women have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
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Bennett is proud to be a sponsor of Tony Justice and his efforts to raise money for breast cancer research. Tony is a truck driver and country music artist that recently released a song, “War Paint,” dedicated to his wife and all the beautiful warriors that are battling breast cancer. All proceeds from the download of the song will benefit Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer. Get your copy on iTunes today and please share the link with your friends to join us on the Convoy for a Cure!
oday, we honor our 2022 Drivers & Women of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers/employees and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2022 has been an extraordinary year and these women have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
Bennett Family of Companies’ freight agents, field offices and company employees gathered for Bennett’s 42nd annual Symposium held on March 4-6th at the beautiful Hilton Peachtree City Atlanta Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, Georgia.
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Today, we honor our 2020 Women Drivers of Excellence award recipients. We value our drivers and take pride in celebrating them during our annual Drivers Appreciation event. 2020 has been an extraordinary year and these drivers have performed with the highest levels of professionalism and represent the best in the industry. This year, due to COVID-19, we celebrate differently than we have in past years. Please take a few moments to watch as Marcia Taylor, CEO and President of Bennett Family of Companies presents the winners with their awards in a virtual format.
When it comes to truck driving, “Just watch me,” is a familiar phrase to Denise Endicott, this month’s featured Women in the Driver’s Seat member. Before a career in trucking, Denise was a Legal Assistant working in Largo, FL. Denise realized that she had a passion for trucking and wanted to drive an 18-wheeler after spending over three years out on the road with a former boyfriend that was a truck driver in Bonifay, FL. During this time, she rode with him and learned everything from securing loads, handling paperwork, staying compliant with truck inspections, and getting dirty with the upkeep of the truck; during that time, Endicott states that she was “bitten by the trucking bug”, and she definitely knew that she wanted to make a career of truck driving. However, Denise’s former boyfriend did not take her seriously, and she remembers there were several times when “He told me I couldn’t do it, it was no place for a girl.” On April 4, 2014, she received her CDL and began her career in the transportation and trucking industry. She quit her job and used money from her 401k and went to truck driving school with her CDL in hand. Denise was the only female in the class and the only one with a CDL already!
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