Commercial Driver Training
Classroom and Field
Table of Contents
Part I Classroom
Part II Yard
Lesson 1: Pre-Trip: Yard 4
Part III Field
Lesson 2: Field Demonstration 5
Lesson 3: Backing 6
Lesson 4: Turns 6
Lesson 5: Mirrors 7
Lesson 6: Seeing 9
Lesson 7: Yielding: 8
Lesson 8: Merging 9
Lesson 9: Managing Space 9
Lesson 10: Braking 10
Lesson 11: 3 point turns 11
Part I (Classroom)
· Explain about the course and what is expected of the Trainee.
· Find out how much experience the Trainee has “ Driving ” and what type of vehicles.
· Discuss Pre & Post Trips (65-41) and explain its purpose.
· Explain what type of vehicles the Trainee will be learning on. Class B Commercial Vehicles. (Introduce Vehicle) Right hand Drive.
· Explain The Basic Speed Law:
o VC 22350. No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property. . (California Vehicl Code Book)
· Explain Eye-lead time:
o Eye lead time is distance measured in time (seconds). One good rule says you need at least one second for each 10 feet of vehicle length at speeds below 40 mph. At higher speeds, you must add one second for safety, For example, if you are driving a 40-foot vehicle, you should leave a minimum following distance of 4 seconds between you and the vehicle ahead. In a 60-foot rig, you will need 6 seconds. Over 40 mph, you would need 5 seconds for a 40-foot vehicle and 7 seconds for a 60-foot vehicle. (California Commercial Driver Hand book: 2010)
· Always be aware of your surroundings. It is clear that your surroundings are constantly changing. Seeing hazards lets you be prepared. You will have more time to react if you see hazards before they become emergencies.
Part II (Yard)
· Do a pre-trip inspection before each trip.
· A pre-trip inspection is to be done before operating the vehicle at the start of shift or after receiving the vehicle from another driver.
· Review the last vehicle inspection report. Make sure the vehicle has been released for service by the maintenance mechanics, if applicable (lock out/block out procedure).
· Remember, when you get behind the wheel, you (not the mechanic) are responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle.
· Always inspect the airbrake system on a commercial vehicle using the 8 step method provided on page ___.
· Monitor all air gauges systematically while operating the vehicle.
· Listen for air leaks all around, under the vehicle and between the cab and chassis.
· Inspect the vehicle at the end of the trip or shift, for each and...