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.
A “special rig” is any combination vehicle that differs from the standard tractor and dry freight trailer with five axles and up to 18 wheels.
This course is designed to describe the most common special rigs, their handling characteristics, and some of the special skills required to operate them.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Describe the various types of multiple articulation vehicles and the unique hazards each present
- Recognize the characteristics that constitute an oversize vehicle
- Discuss how to safely operate high center of gravity vehicles
- Identify what type of loads are naturally unstable while driving and how to minimize instability
- Explain what makes a special cargo vehicle different than a standard tractor-trailer
- Discuss hazards associated with construction vehicles and how to stay safe
The J. J. Keller Entry-Level Driver Training Module 33: Special Rigs online course covers the following topics:
- Multiple Articulation Vehicles
- Coupling Doubles
- Driving Doubles Safely
- Turning, Parking, & Backing Doubles
- Oversize Vehicles
- Low-Clearance Vehicles
- Vehicles with Unstable Loads
- Dry Bulk Tankers
- Liquid Tankers
- Livestock Trailers
- Refrigerated Trailers
- Special Cargo Vehicles
- Pole Trailers
- Auto Transporters
- Construction Vehicles
- Dump Trucks
- Cement/Ready Mix Trucks
Course Length: 20 minutes
Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
Copyright Date: 2019