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.
The idea behind trip planning is to design the most effective, efficient, safe, and legal route between two points.
A well thought out trip plan can mean a savings of time and money for drivers and motor carriers. A good plan can also mean a safe trip for drivers and the loads they are hauling. If drivers have a solid plan before hitting the road, they are better able to devote all of their attention to driving.
This course is designed to focus on the five basic steps of trip planning: paperwork, selecting the route, estimating time, estimating fuel use, and estimating trip expenses.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Describe the paperwork required for the driver, the cargo, and the vehicle
- Discuss considerations when selecting their route, along with how to read a map and use a global positioning system (GPS)
- List vehicle and cargo restrictions
- Describe things to should consider when estimating trip time
- List conditions that can affect fuel usage
The J. J. Keller Entry-Level Driver Training Module 28: Trip Planning online course covers the following topics:
- Route Selection
- Reading Maps
- Online Resources
- Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
- Your Safety
- Vehicle & Cargo Restrictions
- Estimating Time
- Estimating Fuel Usage & Selecting Fuel-Efficient Routes
- Estimating Trip Expenses
Course Length: 20 minutes
Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
Regulations Covered: Unit A1.5.8 Trip Planning
This unit must address the importance of and requirements for planning routes and trips. This instruction must address planning the safest route, planning for rest stops, heavy traffic areas, railroad‑highway grade crossing safe clearance and ground clearance (i.e., “high center”), the importance of Federal and State requirements on the need for permits, and vehicle size and weight limitations. The training providers must teach driver-trainees in the correct identification of restricted routes, the pros and cons of Global Positioning System (GPS)/trip routing software, and the importance of selecting fuel-efficient routes.
Copyright Date: 2019