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Archive: March 2008 Instructor of the Month

Mike Byrnes & Assoc. , Inc. Names Rod Coard as
Bumper To Bumper Instructor of the Month for March, 2008



Ron Coard

The year 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of Bumper To Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations, the textbook that Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc. first published in 1988, now in its fourth edition. To mark that anniversary, we want to recognize the people who use that book on a daily basis: the instructors of the finest truck driving programs around.


Our Instructor of the Month for March 2008, Rod Coard started his career as a long haul driver at Reimer Express Lines in 1981. In 1995 he accepted a position as Professional Driving Instructor with Reimer Driver Training in Canada. Rod is an Air Brake Adjustment and Air Brake Endorsement Instructor with the Department of Education and Training, Ontario. He also earned a certificate from the Canadian Tourism Human Resources Council Training the Trainer program, went through the Smart Driver Master Instructors Program and took a Fred Prior Seminar on How to Supervise People. In his spare time he enjoys riding on his Harley Davidson, golfing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
 Rod Coard

What's your proudest accomplishment?

One of my major accomplishments was developing and presenting the Air-Brake Adjustment program for the Manitoba Trucking Association. 


What do you enjoy about being a truck driving school educator?


I like to watch the expression on each student's face when they find out that they have been successful in achieving their Class 1 drivers permit. 

Describe your biggest challenge educating entry level drivers.

For many of my students communication can be an issue as English is not their first language.


How do you keep your skills sharp?

I drive part time and keep up to date with new rules and regulations regarding the transportation industry.


What advice do you like to give your students to be successful in the trucking industry?

My advice to my students is that they must have a positive attitude, never stop learning and be the best that you can be.