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Michigan Center for Decision Driving-- Skid Pad

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Known as Michigan's skid pad, MTA's Michigan Center for Decision Driving (MCDD) teaches professional truck drivers defensive-driving techniques both in the classroom and behind the wheel on the facility's skid course.

Located at Eaton Corporation's Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI, classes are held Monday-Friday on a first-come, first served basis. Pre-registration is required. Training is administered by Michigan Trucking Association safety professionals.

  • Classroom

In-class training teaches drivers basic types of vehicle crashes, their causes, decision-driving principals and an overview of the skid pad.

  • Skid Pad

Drivers practice maneuvering techniques on both wet and dry pavement.  They are then evaluated on their ability to make dynamic driving decisions when confronted with potential accident situations.

Essential Skills Development

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Braking control
  • Skid control techniques
  • Off-road recovery (counter-steering)
  • Cornering (city and highway)
  • Serpentine maneuvers
  • Evasive action exercises
  • Jackknife control and recovery
  • Factors affecting stopping distances
Why Train on the Skid Pad?
  • Decrease potential physical harm or even death during a driving emergency
  • Reduce or avoid property loss
  • Lower crash reports, which impact Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) points
  • Minimize insurance premium increases

The Michigan Center for Decision Driving is operated by the Michigan Trucking Association and funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Truck Safety Commission.

MTA seeks Decision Driving Skid Pad Instructor

Michigan Trucking Association is excited to announce the reopening of their Skid Pad Training Program. The training facility is located on Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds in Marshall, MI.

MTA is hiring a qualified Skid Pad Training Instructor. This is a full-time, competitive salaried position with an excellent medical, dental, 401(k) and vacation package.

The position requires:

  • Commercial motor vehicle experience e.g., driver, driver instructor, safety director, etc.
  • A current Michigan CDL and valid medical card
  • Ability to pass DOT drug/alcohol testing

This position will spend three days on site in Marshall conducting skid pad training exercises and two days at the MTA Lansing office.

To apply, please email resume to: Michelle Zemla, Project Director, MTA Education Center, Inc.