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Unless their first car was a school bus, there isn’t much that can prepare your drivers for driving a 70-80 foot semi-truck. Dealing with an intersection, including where to look and how to turn, is very different in a truck compared to a car.

Even though drivers learn how to handle intersections safely as part of earning their CDL, incorrect “gut” reactions can take over, and bad habits can develop over time. If a driver isn't prepared when a passenger vehicle makes an unexpected maneuver - BAM! This is especially true for newer drivers. 

Impatient cars and pedestrians and poorly-designed intersections are just a few of the hazards drivers have to deal with when positioning the vehicle for a turn. Help your drivers anticipate problems and avoid intersection collisions with online training from ITI.

A Training Plan Specifically for Intersections

We put together a training plan of different courses you can use if intersection near misses and minor collisions are dogging your fleet. They're full of practical tips for both new and experienced drivers.

Safety Training Reduces Intersection Collisions

Intersection Collision Avoidance: Course Suggestions

Lane Changes and Intersections
Urban Driving
Rear-End Collision Avoidance
Visual Search
PRO-DEFENSE: Evaluating Space
IBT Space Management
IBT Intersections

Lane Changes and Intersections
Making lane changes and negotiating intersections can be difficult for large commercial vehicles because of their size, speed and limited visibility around the vehicle. Lane changes and intersections are areas where there is an increased probability for a crash. In this lesson, the driver learns how to make lane changes safely and the dangers associated with intersections. This lesson also covers:

  • What are Speed and Space management
  • How to make turns and general rules
  • How to use mirrors
  • How to communicate with other road users
  • Intersection safety and lane change rules



Urban Driving
This lesson reviews the special challenges associated with urban driving including:

  • Identifying urban hazards
  • Intersections and turns
  • Dealing with distracted motorists and pedestrians

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

Visual Search
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.

PRO-DEFENSE Evaluating Space
The Pro-DEFENSE system is made up of 7 steps, that when combined create a complete defensive driving system to protect the driver like a suit of armor. In this lesson we take a look at the second letter E for Evaluating Space. As a professional driver, if you can maintain space around your vehicle at all times, you are protecting yourself and your vehicle and will eliminate collisions.

In this lesson, the driver will learn:

  • Defining the space cushion around your vehicle
  • How to adjust to traffic
  • Changing lanes and merging
  • Turns, both left and right turns
  • Intersections and blind spots


Post-Collision Training for Truck Drivers

After an incident, assigning corrective training can help the driver understand what went wrong and improve their driving habits. Unfortunately, many companies delay too long because, quite frankly, no one has time to manually create a training program. In the past, you may have decided to terminate rather than educate, but with today's insanely high driver turnover, post-incident training is the smart solution. Following an incident occurring in an intersection we recommend:

IBT Space Management and IBT Intersections and Lane Changes
Using 3D animations, drivers improve their space management and intersection safety skills including: how to define and maintain a safety cushion around the vehicle, adjust to traffic, change lanes, merge, make left and right turns and manage blind spots.

With ITI Incident-Based Training (IBT) you can quickly assign one or more corrective training lessons on the most common incidents and CSA violations. Using ITI's Sentix learning management system, you can assign a course in seconds, and drivers complete their training in minutes using a laptop, or our app (available for Android and iOS). Get alerts on the driver’s progress, and receive documentation when they complete each the course.

Convenient online training from ITI is both convenient and cost-effective. Contact a client services representative to start improving fleet safety and driver retention. Reach us by phone, 360-576-5976 option 4, or connect with ITI online.

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