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Safe & Smart CDL Class A Driver Training - Online Courses

An expansive library of online courses for CDL inexperienced drivers who need safe and smart training. Read more.

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As part of Safe & Smart Driver Training, the CDL Class A Driver Training courses provide safer, smarter training for all company sizes. Inexperienced drivers are those who have been operating a CMV for a year or less and require more in-depth orientation training. Training topics covered include:

  • Intended Audience: Inexperienced CDL Class A drivers
  • Language: Available in English
  • Copyright Date: 2021

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Topics Covered

Backing, Parking, and Docking

Product Code: 62383
Course Length: 21 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the proper procedures for backing, parking, and docking.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe how to safely back your vehicle
  • Explain how to safely park your vehicle
  • Explain additional precautions to take when backing in loading docks and parking lots

Basic Controls

Product Code: 62381
Course Length: 32 minutes

This course helps drivers understand basic vehicle controls and maneuvers.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss how to start up and shut down your vehicle’s engine
  • Describe how to put your vehicle in motion and come to a complete stop
  • Identify ways to maneuver through turns, curves, and roundabouts, and enter/exit highways safely

Becoming a Professional Driver

Product Code: 62359
Course Length: 20 minutes

This course helps drivers learn some of the basics when it comes to being a professional in the transportation industry.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of complying with applicable laws and regulations
  • Identify the required driver qualifications and what causes driver disqualification
  • Discuss drug and alcohol prohibitions
  • Explain how their conduct on the road and at the customer influences the public’s view of the driver and their company

Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA)

Product Code: 62403
Course Length: 20 minutes

This course helps drivers learn what CSA is and how it affects them as professional drivers.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss the goal of Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
  • List the four major components of CSA
  • Describe the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs)
  • Recognize actions that can be taken by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in an intervention

Control Systems

Product Code: 62360
Course Length: 20 minutes

This course helps drivers understand how control systems function.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of a vehicle’s engine controls
  • Locate a vehicle’s primary controls and discuss the function of each
  • Describe the purpose of a vehicle’s secondary controls and identify their locations
  • Recognize all vehicle instruments and explain the acceptable operating range for each
  • Identify warning devices commonly found on a vehicle

Coupling Trailers

Product Code: 62402
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers understand techniques to help them safely couple a tractor-trailer.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain how to effectively inspect the coupling system
  • Describe the coupling process

Dash Cameras

Product Code: 62715
Course Length: 10 minutes

This course helps drivers learn about the benefits of dash cameras.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • What a dash camera is
  • The activities captured by dash cameras
  • How dash cameras benefit you and your company
  • How your company uses dash camera information

Defensive Driving: Communication

Product Code: 62385
Course Length: 12 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the skills required to communicate successfully with other drivers.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe ways to communicate your intent by using turn signals and brake lights
  • Discuss how to communicate your presence through the use of headlights, horn, warning devices, and eye contact
  • Explain how eye contact techniques can help you communicate with bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers

Defensive Driving: Distracted Driving

Product Code: 62386
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to recognize and manage distractions while on the road.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Identify common driving distractions
  • Describe how to prevent accidents caused by distracted driving

Defensive Driving: Driving Emergencies

Product Code: 62392
Course Length: 24 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to recognize and respond to driving emergencies in a safe manner.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of maintaining directional control
  • Indicate appropriate responses when faced with emergencies such as brake failure, a tire blowout, hydroplaning, and rollovers
  • Recognize unsafe acts that play a role in producing or worsening hazardous situations

Defensive Driving: Extreme Weather Conditions

Product Code: 62365
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers learn safe driving techniques for operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in extreme weather conditions.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss how to safely operate a vehicle in snow, ice, wind, rain and fog
  • Explain how to stay safe in case of a breakdown

Defensive Driving: Hazard Perception

Product Code: 62390
Course Length: 19 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to identify and avoid hazards while driving.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Identify hazardous road conditions and road users
  • Explain how to avoid or mitigate hazards
  • Respond to emergency traffic situations

Defensive Driving: Mountain Driving and Curves

Product Code: 62366
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the challenges of operating a vehicle in extreme driving conditions.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Recognize the challenges of driving on steep upgrades and downgrades
  • Explain how to safely navigate sharp curves

Defensive Driving: Night Driving

Product Code: 62388
Course Length: 14 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to improve their safety while driving at night.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss the factors that affect safe night operation as they relate to your vehicle, the road, and you, the driver
  • Explain procedures that can help make driving at night safer

Defensive Driving: Preparing for Extreme Conditions

Product Code: 62389
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers learn about the challenges of operating a vehicle in extreme driving conditions.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Identify common ways to prepare your vehicle for driving in adverse weather conditions
  • Discuss the steps you should take to prepare yourself for adverse weather conditions

Defensive Driving: Railroad Crossings

Product Code: 62393
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers pass through a railroad crossing safely and know what to do at the tracks in an emergency situation.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain what is required when approaching a highway-rail grade crossing
  • Identify various crossing signs, gates, and signals you may encounter
  • Discuss the procedures to safely stop at railroad tracks
  • Describe appropriate actions to take in the event of a railroad-related emergency

Defensive Driving: Skid Control and Recovery

Product Code: 62391
Course Length: 10 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to respond to skids in a safe manner.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Identify the major causes of skids and employ techniques for avoiding and recovering from them

Defensive Driving: Speed and Space Management

Product Code: 62387
Course Length: 16 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to manage their speed and space while driving.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss the three factors that affect your stopping distance
  • Recognize ways to manage your vehicle’s speed through curves and on grades
  • Describe why you should adjust your speed when you encounter poor road conditions, inclement weather, and heavy traffic
  • Explain the importance of proper space management
  • Describe how to maintain an appropriate cushion of space

Defensive Driving: Visual Search

Product Code: 62384
Course Length: 22 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the skills required to conduct an effective visual search.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of continuously scanning your surroundings
  • Discuss how to perform a proper visual scan in front of, to the sides, and behind your vehicle
  • Recognize potential hazards you must be aware of and react to while driving
  • Identify signs of a distracted driver
  • Describe the different types of mirrors and what each is designed for
  • Explain how to properly adjust your mirrors and use them while driving

Fatigue and Wellness

Product Code: 62399
Course Length: 25 minutes

This course helps drivers learn about factors that contribute to their health and wellness.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe ways you can maintain a healthy diet and good exercise habits
  • Discuss what stress is along with ways you can manage stress
  • Identify signs of driver fatigue
  • List safe work practices
  • Describe back safety and proper lifting
  • List steps you can take to ensure your personal security

Handling and Documenting Cargo

Product Code: 62395
Course Length: 17 minutes

This course helps drivers learn proper procedures for handling and documenting cargo.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Recognize cargo securement devices
  • Explain how to evenly distribute your cargo
  • Identify how to safely load and unload your vehicle
  • Practice cargo theft prevention measures

Hours of Service: Record of Duty Status

Product Code: 62398
Course Length: 14 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to follow recordkeeping requirements.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe how to track your hours of service using an electronic logging device
  • Explain how to record your hours of service by completing a paper log 

Hours of Service: Short-Haul Rules

Product Code: 62397
Course Length: 9 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to comply with the short-haul hours-of-service rules.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Identify when the 150 air-mile radius exemption applies
  • Explain how to use the 16-hour short-haul rule

Hours of Service: Working Time

Product Code: 62396
Course Length: 19 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the different duty statuses and working limits to comply with hours-of-service regulations.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between on-duty and off-duty time
  • Explain how to comply with the duty and driving limits
  • Identify when certain exceptions apply to you

Human Trafficking Awareness

Product Code: 62404
Course Length: 14 minutes

This course helps drivers identify different types of human trafficking and those most at risk of becoming victims. It also provides you with information on how to notify authorities.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe human trafficking and identify those who are most at risk
  • Recognize the signs of human trafficking
  • Explain how to respond appropriately when you suspect human trafficking is taking place

Identifying Brake Defects

Product Code: 62537
Course Length: 10 minutes

This course helps drivers identify defects in a vehicle's brakes.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Check the brake system to ensure its safe operation
  • Identify what is needed to keep the brake system in good operating condition

Identifying Drive Train Defects

Product Code: 62539
Course Length: 7 minutes

This course helps drivers identify defects in a vehicle's drive train.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Check all the drive train to ensure its safe operation
  • Identify what is needed to keep the drive train in good operating condition

Identifying Engine Compartment Defects

Product Code: 62380
Course Length: 18 minutes

This course helps drivers identify defects in the engine compartment.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain the function of major vehicle systems
  • Check all key vehicle systems to ensure their safe operation
  • Identify what is needed to keep vehicle systems in good operating condition

Identifying Frame, Axle, and Suspension Defects

Product Code: 62535
Course Length: 12 minutes

This course helps drivers identify defects in the frame, axle, and suspension areas.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Check the frame, axles, and suspension to ensure their safe operation
  • Identify what is needed to keep the vehicle frame, axles, and suspension in good operating condition

Identifying Steering Defects

Product Code: 62538
Course Length: 6 minutes

This course helps drivers identify defects in a vehicle's steering system.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Check the steering system to ensure its safe operation
  • Identify what is needed to keep the steering system in good operating condition

Identifying Wheel and Tire Defects

Product Code: 62536
Course Length: 6 minutes

This course helps drivers identify defects in a vehicle's wheels and tires.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Check vehicle wheels and tires to ensure their safe operation
  • Identify what is needed to keep wheels and tires in good operating condition

Post-Crash Procedures

Product Code: 62400
Course Length: 20 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the procedures they need to follow in the event of a crash.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe actions you should take to help secure the scene if you have been involved in an accident
  • Explain procedures to follow in the event of a fire in the engine, tires, or cargo of your vehicle, including how to use a fire extinguisher

Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection: Brake System

Product Code: 62377
Course Length: 6 minutes

This course helps drivers ensure their vehicle's air brake system is in good working condition.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe how to prepare for a brake system check
  • Discuss the steps for a brake check
  • Explain how to conduct an air brake inspection

Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection: Engine and Front Axle

Product Code: 62373
Course Length: 20 minutes

This course helps drivers understand how to inspect the engine and front axle components responsible for their vehicle's movement.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Conduct a thorough engine and front axle inspection
  • Explain what components must be in good working order

Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection: In-Vehicle

Product Code: 62374
Course Length: 10 minutes

This course helps drivers understand what controls and equipment inside the vehicle must be checked to ensure safe operation.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Conduct an accurate in-vehicle inspection
  • Identify items that need to be inspected for safe operation

Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection: Lights

Product Code: 62376
Course Length: 8 minutes

This course helps drivers ensure their vehicle's lights are in good working condition.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe how to prepare for an inspection of vehicle lights
  • Explain what to look for during an inspection of the front and tail lights
  • Complete an inspection of turn signals
  • Discuss how to inspect brake lights

Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection: Walk-Around

Product Code: 62375
Course Length: 13 minutes

This course helps drivers understand how to conduct an efficient and effective walk-around inspection of their vehicle.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain how to inspect the front of your vehicle
  • Describe what to look for under the vehicle
  • Discuss how to inspect the overall vehicle condition

Roadside Inspections

Product Code: 62394
Course Length: 15 minutes

This course helps drivers prepare for and know how to participate in a roadside inspection.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to prepare for a roadside inspection
  • Recognize what happens during a roadside inspection
  • Explain what to expect as the result of a roadside inspection

Shifting and Operating Transmissions

Product Code: 62401
Course Length: 22 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to shift a non-synchronized transmission safely and efficiently.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain the basic controls and tools used to shift a manual transmission
  • Identify the basic shift patterns and procedures of a manual transmission
  • Describe proper shifting skills
  • Explain the characteristics of automatic, semiautomatic, and autoshift transmissions

Trip Planning

Product Code: 62405
Course Length: 20 minutes

This course helps drivers learn the five basic steps of trip planning.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Describe the paperwork required for you (the driver), your cargo, and your vehicle
  • Discuss considerations when selecting your route, along with how to read a map and use a global positioning system (GPS)
  • List vehicle and cargo restrictions
  • Describe things you should consider when estimating your trip time
  • List conditions that can affect fuel usage

Uncoupling Trailers

Product Code: 62464
Course Length: 10 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to safely uncouple a tractor and trailer.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss the three factors that affect your stopping distance
  • Recognize ways to manage your vehicle’s speed through curves and on grades
  • Describe the uncoupling process
  • Describe how to safely operate landing gear and pull releases

Vehicle Inspection Basics

Product Code: 62372
Course Length: 6 minutes

This course helps drivers understand when inspections and inspection documentation are required.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Discuss when to complete a pre-trip inspection
  • Explain when an on-the-road inspection is required
  • Recognize when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required

Vehicle Inspections: On-the-Road Inspection

Product Code: 62378
Course Length: 8 minutes

This course helps drivers learn when an on-the-road inspection is required and know how to complete one.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Explain what to inspect during a quick lap around the vehicle
  • Recognize when the cargo and securement devices must be inspected
  • Describe how to check for excessive tire or wheel heat

Vehicle Inspections: Post-Trip Inspection

Product Code: 62379
Course Length: 14 minutes

This course helps drivers learn how to complete a post-trip inspection.

After completing this course, drivers will be able to:

  • Complete a proper post-trip inspection
  • Explain when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required
  • Discuss how a DVIR should be completed

System Requirements

To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:

General

  • Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra) or higher
  • Mobile App: Android v7 — Nougat (8/2016) and above, iOS v11 and above
  • Persistent, high-speed internet connection with at least 1.5Mbps download speed
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Pop-up blockers must be disabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Cookies must be allowed
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher

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