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.
Backing is one of the most difficult maneuvers a professional driver performs. Successfully backing a tractor-trailer requires skill, practice, patience, and good judgment. Improper or inattentive backing can result in lost time, lost wages, additional paperwork, damage to trailers, buildings or other equipment, and even personal injury.
This course is designed to focus on the basics of backing including safe backing and the types of backing maneuvers commonly used.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Recognize the steering principles required for successfully backing a tractor-trailer
- Recall general guidelines to stay safe while backing a tractor-trailer
- Describe the appropriate backing maneuver to use based on the situation
- Explain additional precautions to take when backing in parking lots and loading dock areas
The J. J. Keller Entry-Level Driver Training Module 6: Backing and Docking online course covers the following topics:
- Backing Dangers
- General Backing Guidelines
- Eliminate Noise
- Get Out And Look (GOAL)
- Back Slowly
- Use a Spotter
- Open Your Doors
- Steering Principles
- Sight Side & Blind Side Backing
- Sight Side Backing
- Blind Side Backing
- Basic Backing Maneuvers
- Straight Line Backing
- Alley Dock or Curved Backing
- Sight Side Jackknife Backing
- Blind Side Jackknife Backing
- Offset Backing
- Backing Safely
- Loading Docks & Parking Lots
- Loading Docks
- Parking Lots
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 A1.1.6 Backing and Docking
This unit must teach driver-trainees to back and dock the combination vehicle safely. This unit must cover “Get Out and Look” (GOAL), evaluation of backing/loading facilities, knowledge of backing set ups, as well as instruction in how to back with the use of spotters.
Copyright Date: 2019