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Tennessee Motor Coach Association

Driver’s Rodeo Instruction Package

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INTRODUCTION
The Tennessee Motor Coach Association will hold their tenth Driver Rodeo in conjunction with their annual Summer Meeting on July 16 and 17th in Nashville, TN. Meeting will be held at the Inn at Opryland. The Course will be setup on the Gaylord Opryland property.
This competition provides an opportunity for drivers to demonstrate their ability with their peers. The Driver competition is designed to test the driver’s knowledge of defensive driving, regulation, and basic coach driving skills. The competition includes a written quiz and a driving skill competition.
Each TMCA Motorcoach Member can send 5 representatives from their company to compete in the driving competition. A contestant must meet all eligibility requirements and a completed registration form must be sent to the Association Office prior to July 06, 2018.
Eligibility Requirements
Drivers
1. Must be a coach operator employed by a TMCA Motorcoach Member.
2. They must have a valid commercial driver’s license, which has not been suspended or revoked, in the past calendar year
3. They must have an active Driver Qualification file with their company, including a valid medical certificate
4. They must not have had a preventable accident in the past calendar year.
5. They must not have had any moving violations convictions in the past calendar.
• Calendar year refers to June 01, 2017 up to date of competition
• A preventable accident is one in which the driver failed to do everything reasonable to avoid the collision.
Judge’s
Our judges for this event will consist of Officers from the Tennessee Commercial Safety Enforcement and volunteers from our service industry for the driver’s competition.
Prizes
The top five winners in each category will be awarded prizes. First place is $600, Second place is $350, Third place will be $200, Fourth place will be $150 and Fifth place will be $100.
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Driver Competition Event
General Information
This competition is designed to test a driver’s knowledge of defensive driving, regulations and basic motorcoach driving skills. The competition involves the following events:
• Written Safety Quiz
• Driving Skill
Written Quiz
Contestants are required to complete a series of questions pertinent to safe and efficient coach operation. The quiz contains questions on the contestant’s knowledge of equipment, safe driving rules and regulations and general knowledge as contained in the CDL Manual, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, CVSA out of service questions and publications pertaining to roadway signs and markings.
A time limit of 45 minutes will be given, depending upon the number of questions. Questions will be true/false and multiple choice.
The number of questions answered correctly determines the final score. A total of ten (10) points for each correct answer will be awarded.
Skill Course Problems
All contestants will be walked through the course, explaining each problem and answering questions. Each contestant should review the course problem description before coming to the competition.
During the competition, the contestant is required to keep the vehicle in continuous movement throughout the Skill Course except for stops required to negotiate specific problems or for such other stops as may be specifically authorized. Points will be deducted for each unauthorized stop or change of direction. Failure to attempt any skill will result in a 120 point deduction per skill, unless the driver has reached the seven minute time limit.
The contestant is required to handle the vehicle in a safe manner. Points will be deducted for each instance of failure to follow these instructions or for improper handling of the vehicle.
The contestant must keep the vehicle within the established boundaries of the overall course and avoid striking any of the Skill Course equipment.
The skill problems illustrated in this handbook may not all appear on the course. These illustrations are also not listed in any pre-determined order. The descriptions are typical. Specific instruction as to which problems will be included and in which sequence will be provided during the course walk-through.
Contestants will participate in the assigned order in the Skill Driving Test as follows:
A. Report when instructed to the starting Line.
B. Board the Coach and tape contestant number on the windshield
C. Adjust your seat and mirrors.
D. Tap the horn when ready to begin*
E. Competition begins as your coach crosses the starting line.
F. Driver must tap horn when in position for skills that involve taking a measurement. (Parallel Parking & Backing)
G. Driver completes the course at the stop line problem and taps horn to stop the clock*
* If the driver does not tap the horn to start and/or finish, an additional 30 seconds will be added to his/her total time for each infraction.
There is 120 points possible per skill problem in this event.
Driving Operational Check
While contestants are driving the competition, an on-board Judge will evaluate safety procedures. Items to be observed include the use of turn signals, horns, flashers and mirrors. Seatbelts must be worn during the driving competition.
The Judge will also be evaluating the contestant’s ability to provide a smooth ride, observing the use of brakes, inertia on turns, acceleration and deceleration.
The maximum score for this category is 80 points. Deductions will be given on the following:
No seatbelt in use 40 points loss
Failure to follow directions 40 points loss
Out of bounds 40 points loss
Failure to signal a turn (per occurrence) 10 points loss
Hard braking (per occurrence) 10 points loss
Poor turn (too fast, too wide) (per occurrence) 10 points loss
Over acceleration (per occurrence) 10 points loss
Failure to signal backup 10 points loss
Driving Course Time Standard
Course time will be kept, and a maximum of five minutes will be allowed. If you have not completed the course in the allotted five minutes the on- board judge will call time and directs you to the stop line. For those completing the course in less than five minutes this time will be used in the case of a tie score only. The on-board Judge will be the timekeeper.
General Rules
1. Each TMCA Motorcoach Company may only enter 5 drivers in Competition
2. Each of the events has various points’ values
Written Exam 10 points per question
Skill Course Problems No less than 120 points per skill problem on course
Driving Operation Check 80 points maximum
3. Contestants will be disqualified if:
A. They interfere with or give assistance to another contestant during the competition
B. They receive any assistance, by word or gesture, from any person during the competitions
C. They fail to participate in any portion of the competition, either by omission or design.
D. They intentionally fail to complete the driving competition course in the designed sequences.
E. Failure to be present at the beginning of testing.
4. In the event of a tie in the overall score, the winner will be determined by the following criteria.
A. Check test scores for accuracy.
B. Best Time on driving competition course
C. Highest Driving Score.
5. Any contestant protests must be brought to the attention of the Competition Coordinator as soon as possible after the incident occurs. Any disputes about final scores must be brought to the attention of the Competition Coordinator no later than 48 hours after event.
6. The Competition Coordinator will determine the order in which each contestant will compete in each event.
7. Contestants will be held in a designated area until they have completed the Driving Skill Course.
8. The Driving Skill course will be designed to accept 45’ long by 102” wide 3 axle motocoaches. Demonstrator coach will be used for the driving skill course and the drivers will randomly be assigned which coach.
DRIVING SKILL TEST
Parallel Parking
Object: Park the coach in the space provided without striking any markers or the curb
Procedure: Position and back into the parking area. Contestants may reposition one (1) time (pull up and back again) without any penalty, any subsequent repositions will results in a loss of points
When finished parking, tap the horn to signal the Judges to measure. Wait for the Judge’s instruction to continue.
Scoring: 1. Note one (1) reposition without penalty
2. More than one reposition- 50 points loss
3. Touching any cone or barricade along curb line-loss of all points
4. Touching front or rear barrier-loss of all points
5. Points are earned based on the wheel measured further from the curb.
Positioning Total possible points –120 points
0-3” – 120 points earned 12-15”- 80 points earned 24-27” — 40 points earned
3-6” – 110 points earned 15-18”- 70 points earned 27-30” — 30 points earned
6-9” – 100 points earned 18-21” – 60 points earned 30-33” — 20 points earned
9-12” – 90 points earned 21-24” – 50 points earned 33- 36” — 10 points earned Over 36”—0 points
The Serpentine
Object: Maneuver the coach through a series of markers without touching them, stopping, or backing up. The Competition Coordinator may require the Contestant to go forward and or back through this problem
Procedure: Enter the problem area, follow the course “S” pattern as explained, turning right or left to go through the markers, exit the problem. Contestants should not stop, strike any marker, nor back up. If the Judge signals a stop, contestant must stop immediately and await instructions.
Scoring: 1. Touching any cone or barrel- loss of all points
2. Changing direction- 25 point loss each time
Total points possible-120 Points
The Offset Alley
Object: Drive the coach through two sets of barriers or markers without touching them, or backing up. There may be a double offset, one left and one right. The Judge will signal which one to use.
Procedure: Enter problem area, through the first gate, proceed to the second “offset” gate, drive through and exit problem. Contestants should not stop, strike any marker, nor back up. If a Judge signals a stop, stop immediately and await instructions.
Scoring: 1. Touching any cone-loss of all points
2. Changing directions- 25 points loss each time
Total points possible –120 points
Diminishing Straight Line Clearance
Object: Drive the coach in a straight line so that the tire on the right or left side of the bus are positioned to pass through, without touching a series of markers. The Competition Coordinator will define which side of the bus must pass through the marker at the time of the competition.
Procedure: Line up the coach placing the right or left side wheel in a position to pass between the markers, driving through the series of markers while maintaining a straight line.
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Scoring: 1. Changing direction- 50 points loss each time.
Positioning: Total points possible –120 Points
Position points are earned for NOT touching a marker.
A Marker – 5 points
B Marker- 10 points
C Marker – 15 points
D Marker- 30 points
E Marker- 60 Points
The Right Turn
Object: Make a right turn, positioning the coach to clear the pivot marker with the right side rear dual with a minimum clearance.
Procedure: Approach the corner area and position the bus to make a tight right turn. Execute the turn making sure the right tire clears the corner marker, but remain as near the marker as possible without touching it. Continue the turn without backing up and proceed away from the problem.
Scoring: 1. Changing direction – 50 points loss each time
2. Touching any markers- loss of all points.
3. Points are earned by the clearance between the marker and the outside of the right rear dual: the closer to the marker- the higher the score.
Positioning Total possible points –120 points
0-3” – 120 points earned 12-15”- 80 points earned 24-27” — 40 points earned
3-6” – 110 points earned 15-18”- 70 points earned 27-30” — 30 points earned
6-9” – 100 points earned 18-21” – 60 points earned 30-33” — 20 points earned
9-12” – 90 points earned 21-24” – 50 points earned 33- 36”– 10 points earned Over 36”—0 points
The Left Turn
Object: Make a left turn, positioning the coach to clear the pivot marker with the left side rear dual with a minimum clearance.
Procedure: Approach the left corner problem and drive into the marked turn area. Execute the turn being sure the left rear tire clears the pivot marker, but remains as near the marker as possible without touching it. Continue the turn without stopping or backing up and proceed away from the problem.
Scoring: 1. Changing direction- 50 points loss each time
2. Touching any markers-loss of all points
3. Points are earned by the clearance between the marker and the outside of the left rear dual: the closer
to the marker-the higher the score.
Positioning Total possible points –120 points
0-3” – 120 points earned 12-15”- 80 points earned 24-27” — 40 points earned
3-6” – 110 points earned 15-18”- 70 points earned 27-30” — 30 points earned
6-9” – 100 points earned 18-21” – 60 points earned 30-33” — 20 points earned
9-12” – 90 points earned 21-24” – 50 points earned 33- 36”– 10 points earned Over 36”—0 points
Backing : Left And/Or Right
Object: Back into a narrow lane up to, but without touching, the rear marker.
Procedure: There are two (2) possible backing problems. The course may include either
One or both: backing from the right or the left backing lane. Contestants should approach, position the coach, and back into the lane without touching any marker. While backing, contestants may pull up and reposition the coach one (1) time without penalty. Back into the lane and stop as close to, but without touching a rear marker. When finished backing, tap the horn to signal to the judge to measure. Wait for the Judge’s instruction to continue.
Scoring: 1. Note –one (1) reposition without penalty.
2. More than one reposition- 50 points loss
3. Touching any marker or barriers- loss of all points
4. Pulling or backing outside problem boundaries- loss of all points
5. Points are earned on the distance from the rear marker to the bumper
Positioning Total possible points –120 points
0-3” – 120 points earned 12-15”- 80 points earned 24-27” — 40 points earned
3-6” – 110 points earned 15-18”- 70 points earned 27-30” — 30 points earned
6-9” – 100 points earned 18-21” – 60 points earned 30-33” — 20 points earned
9-12” – 90 points earned 21-24” – 50 points earned 33- 36”– 10 points earned Over 36”—0 points
The Stop Line
Object: Approach the gate, which has a line at the end. The coach must be stopped with the front bumper just short of the line without stopping and readjusting position during approach.
Procedure: Approach the finish line and drive up to it without stopping on the approach.
Stop the coach at a point where the front bumper is as close to the line as possible, but DO NOT CROSS the line. When stopped, set the parking brake, tap horn and wait for instruction from Judge.
Scoring: 1. Touching any marker- loss of all points
2. Stopping more than once- Loss of all Points
3. Crossing the finish line- Loss of all Points
4. Points are earned on the measurement from the center of the front bumper to the leading edge of the finish line. Driver completes the course at the stop line skill and taps the horn to stop the clock.
Positioning Total possible points –120 points
0-3” – 120 points earned 12-15”- 80 points earned 24-27” — 40 points earned
3-6” – 110 points earned 15-18”- 70 points earned 27-30” — 30 points earned
6-9” – 100 points earned 18-21” – 60 points earned 30-33” — 20 points earned
9-12” – 90 points earned 21-24” – 50 points earned 33- 36”– 10 points earned Over 36”—0 points
SAMPLE QUESTIONS FOR DRIVERS
The Contestant should read each question carefully and circle the letter (a,b,c,d) corresponding to the best answer.
1. A driver who leaves the scene of an accident is disqualified for:
a. 6 months
b. 12 months
c. 24 months
d. not disqualified
2. Which of the following records must the Company keep on each driver employed?
a. Motor Vehicle record (MVR)
b. Information from past employer
c. Both a and b
d. None of the above
3. Drivers may take drugs while on duty only if:
a. The driver is ill
b. They are prescribed
c. They are prescribed and will not affect driving
d. The Driver may not take drugs
4. Before reporting for assignment, drivers may not consume alcohol before driving for a period of:
a. 8 hours
b. 2 hours
c. 4 hours
d. No limit, don’t drink before duty
5. With the engine off and the foot brake applied for one (1) minute, the air pressure should not drop more than:
a. 3-4 psi
b. 7-8 psi
c. 10-12 psi
d. 0
6. A written vehicle inspection is required by the DOT:
a. Beginning of the trip
b. End of duty for the day
c. Both before and after
d. No requirement for a written report from DOT
7. Backing accidents are best avoided by:
a. Pulling only into “through” driveways
b. Getting out and checking
c. Careful mirror adjustment
d. They cannot be avoided
8. You are required to provide a service animal a seat on a motorcoach.
a. True
b. False
9. If an accident occurs, which item below is the first priority?
a. Protect the accident scene
b. Render first aid
c. Call the Police
d. Ask for help from witness
10. A driver can be fined up to $2,750 by the DOT for use of a handheld cellular phone while operating a motorcoach.
a. True
b. False
11. Who is liable for prosecution if a driver’s daily log is filled out incorrectly or falsely?
a. The driver
b. The carrier
c. Both A and B
d. None of the above
12. A yellow rectangular traffic sign is used to:
a. Provide information
b. Mark railroad crossings
c. Indicate a stop at the next intersection
d. Advise caution required ahead
13. In the State of Tennessee, motorcoaches are required to follow Truck Lane Restriction signs.
a. True
b. False
14. ADA training is not required for driver if the company does not own an accessible coach.
a. True
b. False
15. A passenger must provide proof of their disability prior to boarding.
a. True
b. False
16. After 8 hours behind the wheel and 7 hours on duty not driving, the driver may legally:
a. Rest for an hour, then drive 1 more hour
b. Drive 2 more hours
c. Not drive any further
17. The maximum length a DOT physical exam can be issued for is:
a. 12 months
b. 24 months
` c. 36 months
d. No physical required
18. After a motorcoach driver has reached his or her 70 hours in 8 days, they must take a mandatory 32 hours off to reset their hours.
a. True
b. False
19. For most coaches, the low air alarm/buzzer will come on when the air pressure is at:
a. 115-120 psi
b. 50-60 psi
c. 40-50 psi
d. None of the above
20. If a driver’s license is suspended, the driver:
a. Must report it to the Company
b. Must report it to the State
c. Both a and b
d. May get a license from another state
21. A leaking wheel bearing is most likely to result in:
a. A wheel lock up
b. A tire fire
c. Loss of traction
22. A pre-trip inspection of tires includes a check of:
a. Missing or broken studs
b. Proper inflation
c. Serious cuts or bulges
d. All of the above
23. A First Aid Kit on interstate coaches is required:
a. By the DOT
b. By State regulations
c. Is not required under federal rules
d. Both a and b
24. If a driver drives for multiple companies, he must provide each company with a copy of all hours of service records.
a. True
b. False
25. According to regulations, to be off duty you:
a. Can be on the coach taking a nap
b. Must have the coach locked
c. Must be relieved of all responsibility to the coach and group
d. All of the above
26. The accuracy of the driver’s daily log is the responsibility of:
a. The Company
b. The DOT
c. The driver
27. If a coach driver’s ELD device fails during a trip, they do not need to keep up with their hours of duty, they only need to call their terminal and report the failure.
a. True
b. False
28. A driver required to stop at a railroad crossing should bring his vehicle to a stop no closer to the tracks than:
a. 5 feet
b. 10 feet
c. 15 feet
29. To drive a vehicle that is designed to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver), you must have a commercial driver’s license?
a. True
b. False
30. If a driver encounters adverse driving conditions and because of those conditions cannot complete the run within the maximum driving time, the driver:
a. Must stop driving when the hours of service limit is reached
b. May drive for 2 extra hours to complete the run
c. May drive to he/she reaches a place offering safety of passengers & coach
d. Both b & c
31. Under what conditions can a driver refuse ridership to a service animal?
a. Animal is aggressive toward passengers
b. Animal is obstructing the aisle of the coach
c. A passenger is allergic to the animal
d. Animal defecates on the coach
e. All of the above
f. A, B & D
32. All time cushioning to a relay point is considered on duty time unless?
a. You are driving your personal vehicle
b. You receive 8 hours off duty once you arrive at relay point
c. You are a passenger in a vehicle
d. All of the above
33. If you drive for more than one motorcoach company, you only have to participate in one DOT random drug and alcohol pool.
a. True
b. False
34. The only time a driver would be subject to a DOT post-accident drug and alcohol test is; if someone died at the scene of the accident.
a. True
b. False
35. Obesity is considered a disability under ADA rules.
a. True
b. False
36. Prior to boarding with a service animal, the passenger must provide the driver with proof of the animals training.

a. True
b. False
37. If you refuse to take a DOT drug or alcohol test, the consequences are the same as for failing the test.
a. True
b. False
38. Time spent repairing a disabled commercial motor vehicle is considered on duty time.
a. True
b. False
39. Even if a coach is equipped with an electronic logging device, a driver is required to have a paper log book as well

a. True
b. False
40. A motorcoach driver must take a 30-minute break after 6 hours on duty?

a. True
b. False
Answer Sheet –Written Quiz
1. B            21. B
2. C            22. D
3. C            23. C .
4. C           24. A
5. A           25. D
6. B           26. C .
7. B           27. B
8. B           28. C
9. A           29. A
10. A         30. D
11. C         31. F
12. D         32. B
13. B          33. B
14. B         34. B
15. B         35. A
16. C        36. B
17. B         37. A
18. B         38 A
19. B         39 A
20. A         40. B

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