The entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule has been delayed for two years. The new compliance date is February 7, 2022. Though the rule has been delayed, schools and training entities should continue to prepare for this final rule, as the requirements are complex. It will take a substantial amount of time to implement all curriculum, facility, equipment, and instructor requirements.
This course can be used to help satisfy the theory instruction portion of the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements that go into effect on February 7, 2022. To satisfy the theory instruction requirements, this course must be assigned and administered by a school or other entity listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). To satisfy the complete ELDT training requirements, the school or entity conducting the training must provide the driver-trainee "behind-the-wheel" instruction in addition to theory instruction.
Operating a tractor-trailer is very different from operating a car or pickup truck. Everything about a tractor-trailer, from starting the engine to backing and turning, requires a new set of knowledge and skills.
This course is designed to address basic control issues learners need to master in order to become a professional driver. It is important that learners have a good understanding of these issues, as many of the skills covered in this course are the foundation for future lessons.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Discuss how to start up and shut down the engine of a tractor-trailer
- Describe how to put a tractor-trailer in motion and come to a complete stop
- Identify ways to maneuver through turns, curves, and roundabouts, and enter/exit highways safely
- Explain how to successfully straight line back a tractor-trailer
The J. J. Keller Entry-Level Driver Training Module 4: Basic Control online course covers the following topics:
- Starting, Warming Up, & Shutting Down
- Engine Start-Up
- Engine Warm-Up
- Engine Shutdown
- Putting the Vehicle in Motion & Stopping
- Putting a Tractor-Trailer in Motion
- Stopping a Tractor-Trailer
- Testing the Tractor-Trailer Hook-Up
- Straight Line Backing
- Steering a Tractor-Trailer
- Right Turns
- Left Turns
- Restricted Areas
- On Ramps/Off Ramps
Course Length: 20 minutes
Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
Regs Covered: Unit A1.1.4 Basic Control
This unit must introduce basic vehicular control and handling as it applies to combination vehicles. This unit must include instruction addressing basic combination vehicle controls in areas such as executing sharp left and right turns, centering the vehicle, maneuvering in restricted areas, and entering and exiting the interstate or controlled access highway.
Copyright Date: 2019