DOT / OSHA Required Training
When DOT Requires Hours of Service Training:Required by the DOT for professional truck drivers. See full DOT regulation for more details.
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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.
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When DOT Requires Hazmat Security Training:Required by the DOT for professional truck drivers. See full DOT regulation for more details.
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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 FrequencyWhen there is a change.
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Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA / DOT)
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Truck Driver Safety Tips
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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