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Truck Driver Safety Training

Truck drivers create the backbone of commerce in the United States. By zigzagging all across the country, at all hours of the day and night, they bring products and people together across thousands of miles. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Truck Drivers.

DOT / OSHA Required Training

Hours of Service DOT Regulation: 76 FR 81133

When DOT Requires Hours of Service Training:

Required by the DOT for professional truck drivers. See full DOT regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Hours of Service Training Resources (free):

  • Hours of Service Powerpoint

  • Truck Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hours of Service Training Videos (paid):

  • Hours of Service by Atlantic Training

  • hours of service

    Hours of Service Driver by JJ Keller

  • Hours of Service For Property Carrying Vehicles by Atlantic Training

Driver Vehicle Inspections DOT Regulation: 49 CFR 396.11

When DOT Requires Driver Vehicle Inspections Training:

Required by the DOT for professional truck drivers. See full DOT regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Driver Vehicle Inspections Training Resources (free):

  • Driver Vehicle Inspections Powerpoint

  • Driver Vehicle Inspections Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Driver Vehicle Inspections Training Videos (paid):

  • Vehicle Inspection Trucking by Atlantic Training

  • Master Driver: Vehicle Inspections by JJ Keller

  • Motorcoach Vehicle Inspection by JJ Keller

DOT Hazmat Security DOT Regulation: 49 CFR 100-185

When DOT Requires Hazmat Security Training:

Required by the DOT for professional truck drivers. See full DOT regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable DOT Hazmat Security Training Resources (free):

  • DOT Hazmat Security Powerpoint

  • DOT Hazmat Driver Checklist

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

DOT Hazmat Security Training Videos (paid):

  • DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness by Atlantic Training

  • Hazmat Security Awareness by JJ Keller

  • HazMat Transportation Security Depends on You by Coastal Training

HazCom / GHS OSHA Regulation: 1910.1200(h)

When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:

Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):

  • HazCom / GHS Powerpoint

  • HazCom / GHS Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HazCom / GHS Training Videos (paid):

  • HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • GHS Safety Data Sheets Training Video by Atlantic Training

  • HazCom (GHS) in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA / DOT)

Defensive Driving

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Defensive Driving Training Resources (free):

  • Defensive Driving Powerpoint

  • Defensive Driving Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Defensive Driving Training Videos (paid):

  • Ultimate Defensive Driving by Atlantic Training

  • Driving Defensively Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Defensive Driving Passenger SUVs and Small Trucks by Atlantic Training

Distracted Driving

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Distracted Driving Training Resources (free):

  • Distracted Driving Powerpoint

  • Distracted Driving Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Distracted Driving Training Videos (paid):

  • Distracted Driving Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Distracted Driving by Atlantic Training

  • Distracted Driving by JJ Keller

Drugs & Alcohol

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Drugs & Alcohol Training Resources (free):

  • Drugs & Alcohol In The Workplace Powerpoint

  • Drugs & Alcohol Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Drugs & Alcohol Training Videos (paid):

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Employees by Atlantic Training

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Managers by Atlantic Training

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Supervisors in CONSTRUCTION by Atlantic Training

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

3.284% Annual Injury Rate

Truck Driver Safety Tips

Quick Tip

Recent studies by the Federal Motor Association found that brain activity associated with driving is diminished by 37 percent when you talk on a cell phone. That’s an increase in risk of accidents no one can afford, no matter how important the call.

Truck drivers create the backbone of commerce in the United States. By zigzagging all across the country, at all hours of the day and night, they bring products and people together across thousands of miles. But any traveling on the open road opens up the possibility of danger and accidents, and with the amount of traveling that truck drivers are expected to complete they are putting themselves at great risk. Adding to the usual pressures of highway driving are time-sensitive deliveries and the massive size of commercial trucks. It is a dangerous profession that requires extended periods of focus and concentration. The following safety tips will help to keep you thinking about what to do to make sure you and everyone else on the road avoids a major accident.

Maintain your vehicle. Oil checks, tire pressure, and engine servicing are extremely important to any car. But, with the amount of mileage truckers put on their vehicles, they need to be in top shape at all times. Take the time to get your truck inspected as frequently as possible.

Know your load limits. Don’t overburden your truck, know it’s exact limits and pay attention to warning sings on roads about weight and height restrictions.

Buckle Up. Some people believe the myth that truck drivers don’t need to wear a safety belt. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Even in a big truck, something as small as a safety belt will keep you from getting thrown from the vehicle in the event of a collision.

Don’t speed. Crossing so many state lines means that you will encounter a wider variety of weather conditions than many other drivers. Always make sure your speed is adjusted to accommodate slick or wet road conditions.

Use Your Mirrors. Commercial trucks are intimidating and confusing to many other drivers. You must take responsibility for knowing exactly what is going on around you at all times. Glance in your mirrors every 5 to 8 seconds and be extremely cautions when changing lanes.

Limit Distractions. Cell phones, texting, and even the CB radio that can connect you with other drivers might provide comfort while you are on a lonely stretch of road, but the distraction they create poses a huge danger to you and drivers around you. Also try to avoid eating, messing with the radio, or putting your attention on anything other than the road.

Be Rested. Never drive a truck while exhausted or without proper sleep. No matter what kind of deadline you are facing for delivery. The dangers of falling asleep at the wheel for you and all other drivers on the road are too great.

Never Drive on New Medication. If you have recently started taking any kind of new medication that could affect your judgment, alertness, or reaction times, discuss your job as a truck driver with your doctor and wait the appropriate amount of time to know exactly how the medicine will affect you.

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