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 second...
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...er heating the brakes causes brake “fade”. Stabbing the brakes will also deplete the airbrake system supply sooner.
· Use the transmission in conjunction with the brakes to maintain slow speed and bring the vehicle to a stop.
· Adjust your speed before starting your decent on a downhill grade.
· While braking on a downhill, you must start braking sooner.
· Be Aware of road conditions
· Descend down the hill the same speed as coming up
The right amount of friction is required for the brakes to stop the vehicle properly.
3 – point turns
· Three point turns should always be made to the right. If a 3 point turn cannot be made safely you must travel around the block, or wait until it is safe to do so.
· Be aware of your surrounding scan the mirrors before and while backing.
· Do not make a 3-point turn before checking your path of travel.