Cowan Systems offers a training session for new drivers and allows new hires to shadow experienced drivers. New drivers typically spend four to eight weeks in training before taking on solo routes.
Cowan Systems is a professional trucking company that hires both drivers who work for the company and independent contractors. Company drivers usually shadow experienced drivers during their training for the job to get a feel for the vehicles and routes. Most trainees accompany drivers on local routes and drive automatic vehicles. The company also uses devices in vehicles that warn trainees of things like distance between other vehicles and failure to use a turn signal while changing lanes.
Once new drivers start taking on solo trips, they usually stick to local routes for several months. Once they show that they can handle more, they can take on out-of-town routes.