When it comes to collision prevention, the best defense is not driving aggressively. Behind the wheel, that means adopting the right attitude. Nudging the accelerator, following too close, or giving in to road rage are bad habits that can eventually snowball into an incident.
There’s a good chance you’re already collecting data on drivers’ bad habits. But as the saying goes, knowing isn’t fixing. For less than two gallons of diesel per driver per month, you can leverage the your data to reduce collisions by enrolling drivers on a collision prevention training track.
Use the suggested courses below, or create a custom program using ITI's Sentix learning management system (LMS). ITI offers more than 150 convenient, online courses and is trusted by some of the biggest names in trucking.
Collision-Avoidance Training Track
Collision Avoidance Course Suggestions
Avoiding Roadside Collisions
Roadside collisions are rare, but when they happen, the outcome is often severe and costly. This lesson examines how to prevent roadside collisions and the steps that the driver must follow in the event of a roadside collision or if they need to stop on the side of the road. Warning device placement, driving in reduced visibility, and collision and stop avoidance are also covered in this lesson.
A defensive driver is one who identifies dangers far enough down the road so that they have enough time to safely maneuver around hazards. Drivers must always assume that other drivers will make mistakes and be searching the highway to see what's coming. This lesson covers common hazard areas and ways for drivers to stay aware of what is going on around their vehicles.
After viewing this lesson, a driver will learn:
- What defensive driving means
- The importance of situational awareness
- Space management
- Speed management
- How to use an effective scanning pattern
- Awareness of environmental factors that impact changes in speed and space management
- How to communicate intentions to others (motorists and pedestrians)
- Maintaining a professional attitude while driving
Communicating intentions while driving is an important part of defensive driving. This lesson covers how to anticipate the actions/behaviors of other drivers and the many techniques and tools a driver may use to communicate including:
- Proper use of headlights, horn, emergency flashers, and use of turn signals
- Proper use of warning signals and devices on divided and undivided highways
- Proper utilization of eye contact techniques with other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians
Emergency Maneuvers are actions taken by a driver to avoid an injury, loss, accident or death. This lesson covers emergency maneuvers such as evasive steering, oncoming vehicles, stopped vehicles, and off-road recovery. Equipment failures, including brake failure and the actions to be taken following these failures, are also covered.
Speed is the number one cause of collisions. Knowing how to manage speed and choose the right speed for the conditions can give the driver time to take appropriate action to avoid a collision.
In this lesson, the driver improves their understanding of:
- How to choose the right speed for the conditions
- Traction and poor road conditions
- How to deal with aggressive drivers
- Managing hills and curves
Using 3D animations, this lesson takes an in-depth look at how to manage the space around the vehicle. Drivers learn about defining and maintaining a safety cushion, adjusting to traffic, changing lanes and merging, left and right turns, intersections, and blind spots.
Losing control of a vehicle in a skid is a situation no one wants (or expects) to encounter. Drivers have a split second to make the right move, the wrong choice can be literally life or death.
This lesson reviews the most causes of skids, different types of skids, how to recover from a skid and most importantly, how to avoid skids in the first place.
Rear-End Collision Avoidance
Rear-end collisions create some of the worst crashes, especially when a large commercial vehicle crashes into a passenger vehicle. This course helps drivers avoid rear-end collisions by enhancing their understanding of:
- How to measure and maintain following distance
- How to calculate stopping distance
- How to safely use cruise control
- Tips for driving in reduced-visibility conditions
- How to navigate intersections and passing other vehicles
Lane Changes and Intersections
Making lane changes and negotiating intersections can be difficult for large commercial vehicles because of their size, speed, and lack of visibility around the vehicle. Lane changes and intersections are areas where there is an increased probability for a crash.
This lesson provides detailed information and tips on how to safely make lane changes and navigate intersections. Mirror use, lane change rules, space and speed management are covered in depth.
Summer and Mountain Driving
Many drivers aren’t aware there are different challenges when driving in the summer. This lesson reviews how to drive on mountain roads, conduct brake checks and use run-away ramps. It also covers using auxiliary brakes, and hot weather/desert driving.
Reduced visibility, changing road conditions and vehicle breakdowns make winter driving a challenge. In this lesson, drivers learn:
- How to prepare for winter driving
- How to install tire chains
- How to drive in winter conditions
- Knowing when to stop and find a safe place to park
- How to deal with skids and poor traction
The best way to avoid hazards is to constantly assess the environment using visual search techniques. This lesson reviews effective scanning patterns, how to adjust mirrors and use them properly, visual lead time for city streets, rural roads and highways and other topics.
Road Rage Driver
Road Rage is something drivers see every day on the road, and something they may experience. This lesson includes many tips on how to cope with the actions of others.
Being tired while operating a commercial vehicle is extremely dangerous. This lesson helps drivers learn to recognize the early symptoms of fatigue, when to stop and take a break and strategies to manage and combat fatigue. It also covers how to use sleep cycles to their best effect and federal regulations regarding driver fatigue.
At night, there are different hazards to be aware of, including fatigue and reduced visibility. In this lesson, we take a closer look at some of the challenges associated with night driving and how to deal with these challenges
According to AAA, drivers make up to 100 decisions per mile, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports distractions and inattentive driving play a part in one out of every four motor vehicle incidents. This lesson identifies different types of driver distractions, how to minimize them, and the consequences of distracted driving.
The course list above is simply a suggestion. ITI can create a customized program based on your business needs. Or, simply enroll drivers in PRO-DEFENSE, a course suite designed to protect your fleet like a suit of armor. The PRO-DEFENSE driving program helps drivers complete each journey accident-free, every time by teaching them about:
D - Distractions
E - Effective Communication
F - Fatigue Management
E- Evaluating Space
N - Navigating Hazards
S - Speed Management
E - Essential Planning
Dealing with bad behavior, bad road conditions and other collision-causing factors is all about developing the right mindset. Cultivate a culture of safety with convenient online training from ITI. Assign one or more courses in just a few clicks, and drivers can complete their training on a computer, tablet, or other device wherever they have internet.
Defensive Driving Takes a Patient Mindset
Prepare your drivers to make the right decision for the right reasons at the right time. Get started by connecting with an ITI client service representative online or by phone 360-576-5976 option 4.