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Updated: Oct. 16, 2017

Targeted Training Plans for Truck Drivers

Using the assignment feature in Sentix lets you launch a number of training plans for your workers. This lets you target online truck driver training to different groups and individuals.

Below, we've come up with several groups and the lessons you might include with each. As always, you should consider your fleet's needs. You may also consider spacing the lessons out, say one a month.

Inexperienced Drivers

The following lessons meet the current regulations for entry-level driver training. (Note that, as of August 2016, those regulations are in the process of changing, and we will be updating our course list before they do.) If you're hiring someone out of school, or with less than a year's experience, you should assign these lessons as part of driver orientation.

  • Driver Qualifications
  • Driver Wellness
  • Hours of Service
  • Whistle-blower Protection

 

Experienced Drivers

You should use a different training plan for drivers with years of experience. However: experience alone may mean bad habits. Focusing on specific skills and new regulatory updates stops complaints about "basic" training.

  • Month 1: CSA Overview
  • Month 2: GHS / Hazard Communication
  • Month 3: Roadside Inspections
  • Month 4: Hours of Service
  • Month 5: Air Brakes
  • Month 6: Driver Wellness

 

Hazmat

For drivers getting ready to get re-certified for Hazmat, the following courses will help prepare them for the test. The PRO-TREAD Hazmat modules can be purchased as a small add-on to your PRO-TREAD subscription.

  • Hazmat Communication Rules
  • Hazmat Driving and Parking Rules
  • Hazmat Loading and Placarding
  • Hazmat Security Awareness

Speeding Violation Remediation

Speeding is a symptom of other issues. For new drivers, it may be that they think it's the way to make more money. Or they may think truck drivers are allowed to speed. More experienced drivers may be rushed, or trying to get to a stop so they can call home. Either way, your fleet would be best served to ask a few questions of the driver to find out *why* they were speeding so you can address the root problem. It could be that your dispatch is making unrealistic requests!

  • Speed Management Enhanced
  • Space Management
  • CSA Overview
  • Fuel Management
  • Road Rage
  • Rear End Collision Avoidance
  • Driver Distractions
  • Defensive Driving Enhanced
  • Roadside Inspections
  • Trip Planning

Hours of Service Violation Remediation

With electronic logs so ingrained in the trucking world now, we're seeing fewer of these. But the problems you see probably have more to do with either not knowing how to use the equipment, or not knowing how to classify time. You might consider a producing or hosting custom training with ITI about how to use the equipment.

  • CSA Overview
  • Hours of Service
  • Roadside Inspections
  • Driver Disqualifications

Equipment Violation Remediation

A malfunctioning or burned out lamp can be the only excuse a trooper needs to pull your driver over and inspect the vehicle. A study from Vigillo found that 7 of 10 most common CSA violations could be stopped by a pre-trip inspection! Depending on the nature of the violation, you may want to create a basic group with some of these lessons, then assign specific lessons (Flatbeds, Combination Vehicles, etc) to an individual.

  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Trip Planning
  • Roadside Inspections
  • DVIR Pre- and Post-Trip Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Air Brakes
  • Cargo Securement
  • Coupling/Uncoupling
  • Flatbed Safety
  • Tanker Pre-Trip

Minor Accident Remediation

"Little" bumps and scrapes in parking lots or loading areas tend to turn safety managers' hair grey much too early. The root cause of these preventable crashes is typically over-confidence or rushing.

  • Avoiding Fixed Objects
  • Backing and Docking
  • Backing and Docking Enhanced
  • Driver Distractions
  • Trailer Loading and Unloading

Warehouse

For any driver who walks through warehouses — which is to say nearly all drivers — these injury prevention training courses reinforce the "head on a swivel" habit.

  • Workplace Awareness
  • Safe Lifting Driver
  • Safe Operation of Manual Pallet Jacks
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Lift Gate Safety
  • Trailer Loading/Unloading

We also have a few forklift lessons. These do not meet the qualifications for a forklift license — OSHA requires a practical test and usually in-person training — but they are good refreshers or preparation.

  • Forklift Fundamentals
  • Forklift Operations
  • Forklift Propane and Battery Replacement

Medium-Duty Trucks

For drivers without a CDL, or for those who are moving from heavy-duty trucks to medium-duty trucks, specific training should be required. All of the following lessons are made for drivers of medium duty trucks, and can be found under the medium-duty truck lesson category.

  • Avoiding Fixed Objects
  • Backing and Docking
  • Communication
  • Defensive Driving
  • Driver Distractions
  • Hazard Awareness
  • Lift Gate Safety
  • Night Driving
  • Seat Belts
  • Space Management
  • Speed Management
  • Visual Search
  • Winter Driving

Regulations/Rules

Regulations aren't exactly fun, but they help both new and experienced drivers understand *why* things are done a certain way. That can go a long way toward eliminating gripes. All of these lessons can be found under the Regulatory lesson category in PRO-TREAD.

  • Accident Procedures
  • CDL Basics
  • CSA Overview
  • Customs Security Awareness
  • Driver Disqualifications
  • Driver Qualifications
  • Environment
  • Hours of Service
  • Hours of Service — No Sleeper
  • Log Books
  • Roadside Inspections
  • Whistle Blower Protection

Orientation

Putting new drivers, whether they're experienced or not, through a series of PRO-TREAD courses before they head out on the road helps you establish your fleet's commitment to safety and performance. You might consider a combination of our standard lessons as well as custom-made lessons. Online driver onboarding is not a replacement for in-person training and equipment familiarization. But it can dramatically reduce the amount of time, cost, and man-hours needed to on-board new employees.

 

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