Entry-Level Driver Training: Coupling and Uncoupling - Online Course (015931)
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Entry-Level Driver Training: Coupling and Uncoupling - Online Course

Develop the skills necessary for safe coupling and uncoupling of tractor-trailer units. Helps satisfy part of the theory instruction portion of FMCSA's new entry-level driver training rule. Read more.

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Module 7: Coupling and Uncoupling 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.

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Proper coupling and uncoupling skills are vital for safe tractor-trailer operations. Incorrect coupling and uncoupling can be very dangerous, resulting in trailers being dropped, air and electrical lines being torn, cab damage, freight damage, and other serious consequences, including injury or death.

This online course is designed to present the step-by-step procedures that must be followed to help learners develop the skills necessary for safe coupling and uncoupling of tractor-trailer units.

  • The eLearning course covers the following topics:
    • Coupling Tractor-Trailers
      • Step 1: Inspect the Fifth Wheel & Kingpin
      • Step 2: Check Area & Secure Trailer
      • Step 3: Position the Tractor
      • Step 4: Back Slowly into Position
      • Step 5: Secure the Tractor
      • Step 6: Check the Trailer Height
      • Step 7: Connect the Air Lines
      • Step 8: Supply Air to the Trailer
      • Step 9: Start the Engine & Set the Trailer Brakes
      • Step 10: Back Under the Trailer
      • Step 11: Check the Connection
      • Step 12: Secure the Vehicle
      • Step 13: Inspect the Coupling
      • Step 14: Connect the Electrical Cord & Check the Air Lines
      • Step 15: Raise the Landing Gear
      • Step 16: Remove Chocks
    • Uncoupling Tractor-Trailers
      • Step 1: Position the Rig
      • Step 2: Secure the Trailer & Ease Pressure on Locking Jaws
      • Step 3 Chock the Trailer Wheels
      • Step 4: Lower the Landing Gear
      • Step 5: Disconnect Air Lines & Electrical Cord
      • Step 6: Unlock the Fifth Wheel
      • Step 7: Lower the Air Suspension
      • Step 8: Pull the Tractor Partially Clear
      • Step 9: Secure the Tractor
      • Step 10: Inspect the Trailer Supports
      • Step 11: Pull the Tractor Clear
      • Step 12: Raise the Air Suspension
    • Coupling Doubles/Twin Trailers
      • Step 1: Secure the Rear Trailer
      • Step 2: Couple the Tractor & First Trailer
      • Step 3: Position the Converter Dolly
      • Step 4: Connect the Dolly to the Front Trailer
      • Step 5: Connect the Dolly to the Rear Trailer
    • Uncoupling Doubles/Twin Trailers
      • Step 1: Uncouple the Rear Trailer
      • Step 2: Uncouple the Converter Dolly
    • Other Combinations
  • After completing this training course, learners will be able to:
    • Describe how to properly couple and uncouple combination vehicles
    • Identify how to inspect and test combination vehicle components to ensure safe operation
    • Explain how to operate landing gear, pull releases, and position converter dollies
  • Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
  • Length: 35 minutes
  • Language: Available in English
  • Copyright Date: 2019
  • Reg Covered: Unit A1.1.7 Coupling and Uncoupling = This unit must provide instruction for driver-trainees to develop the skills necessary to conduct the procedures for safe coupling and uncoupling of combination vehicle units, as applicable.

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  • 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
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