Entry-Level Driver Training: Basic Control - Online Course (015928)
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Entry-Level Driver Training: Basic Control - Online Course

Learn how to master basic control issues needed to become a professional driver. Helps satisfy part of the theory instruction portion of FMCSA's new entry-level driver training rule. Read more.

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Module 4: Basic Control Online Course, along with the other 34 entry-level driver training courses, was created to be used with the Entry-Level Driver Training: Obtaining A CDL manual for a comprehensive ELDT program.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has delayed compliance with the entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule. The new compliance date is February 7, 2022. As of that date, completion of ELDT will be required of drivers:

  • Applying for their initial commercial driver’s license (CDL);
  • Updating their current CDL; or
  • Obtaining a passenger, school bus, or hazardous materials endorsement for the first time.

The rule requires successful completion of a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel training before an entry-level driver takes the CDL skills test. This training must be provided by a school or other training entity listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR). To be listed on the TPR, schools and training entities must meet specific requirements addressing:

  • Curriculum,
  • Facilities,
  • Equipment, and
  • Instructors.

Though the rule has been delayed until February 7, 2022, schools and training entities should continue to prepare, as the requirements are complex. It will take a substantial amount of time to implement all the requirements.

For more information on the entry-level driver requirements, please visit this page.

This program is available for 25 points per seat. A seat is one person assigned to one course. Already have a J. J. Keller Training On Demand account? Click here to log in. If you are a new customer, click here to learn more about Training Points.

Operating a tractor-trailer is very different from operating a car or pickup truck. Everything about a tractor-trailer — from starting the engine to backing and turning — requires a new set of knowledge and skills.

This online course is designed to address basic control issues learners need to master in order to become a professional driver. It is important that learners have a good understanding of these issues, as many of the skills covered in this course are the foundation for future lessons.

  • The eLearning course covers the following topics:
    • Starting, Warming Up, & Shutting Down
      • Engine Start-Up
      • Engine Warm-Up
      • Engine Shutdown
    • Putting the Vehicle in Motion & Stopping
      • Putting a Tractor-Trailer in Motion
      • Stopping a Tractor-Trailer
      • Testing the Tractor-Trailer Hook-Up
    • Straight Line Backing
    • Turning
      • Steering a Tractor-Trailer
      • Right Turns
      • Left Turns
      • Curves
      • Roundabouts
      • Restricted Areas
      • On Ramps/Off Ramps
  • After completing this training course, learners will be able to:
    • Discuss how to start up and shut down the engine of a tractor-trailer
    • Describe how to put a tractor-trailer in motion and come to a complete stop
    • Identify ways to maneuver through turns, curves, and roundabouts, and enter/exit highways safely
    • Explain how to successfully straight line back a tractor-trailer
  • Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Language: Available in English
  • Copyright Date: 2019
  • Reg Covered: Unit A1.1.4 Basic Control = This unit must introduce basic vehicular control and handling as it applies to combination vehicles. This unit must include instruction addressing basic combination vehicle controls in areas such as executing sharp left and right turns, centering the vehicle, maneuvering in restricted areas, and entering and exiting the interstate or controlled access highway.

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System Requirements

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


  • 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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  • Mac & Mobile App: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)

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