Driver & DOT Training


New and veteran commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers need safety and compliance training to help them avoid accidents and DOT violations. J. J. Keller® Driver & DOT training programs — developed in cooperation by our regulatory experts and adult learning specialists — can help you keep your drivers vigilant.

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Popular Driver & DOT Safety Training Topics


Choose from our popular DOT & driver training topics below or view our full library of transportation training titles in the course library.



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Safe & Smart Online Driver Training

Ensure your driver’s success with J. J. Keller’s Safe & Smart Driver Training — quick-hitting finishing training courses that can be mixed and matched to build a custom driver training program unique to your operation.

Browse our wide range of Safe & Smart online courses for both CDL, Non-CDL, and Yard Drivers:

INEXPERIENCED drivers are those who have been operating a CMV for a year or less and require more in-depth orientation training.
EXPERIENCED drivers are those who have been operating a CMV for more than a year and need a refresher on key topics.

Entry-Level Driver Training Online Courses


Entry-Level Driver Training

Compliance with the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is quickly approaching. Train entry-level drivers on key safety and compliance topics with our best-in-class training programs, like Hours of Service, defensive driving, speed & space management, vehicle inspections & more!


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Why conduct driver training?

There are only a handful of required DOT training topics. They include entry-level driver training, education/instruction on drug and alcohol testing requirements, and training for vehicle inspectors. However, Section 390.3(e) of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) states that:

  • Every employer must be knowledgeable of and comply with all regulations contained in the FMCSRs that are applicable to that motor carrier’s operations;
  • Every driver and employee must be instructed regarding, and must comply with, all applicable regulations contained in the FMCSRs; and
  • All motor vehicle equipment and accessories required by the FMCSRs must be maintained in compliance with all applicable performance and design criteria set forth in the FMCSRs.

Motor carriers can help meet these requirements by having a comprehensive training program.

Though a motor carrier cannot be cited for not training on a specific topic, not training a driver can have consequences if violations are cited.

Civil penalties (fines) are determined based on limits stated in the regulations and consideration of information available at the time the claim is made. This information includes history of prior offenses, degree of culpability, and other matters as justice or public safety may require.

This is where proof of training is very important. Having and documenting training for drivers may not absolve a motor carrier of all fines and penalties, but it can help minimize their severity.


What are some key non-required training topics for drivers?

When it comes to “non-required” training, general topics to consider as part of your training program include driver orientation, the regulations, driving skills, and workplace safety. Hours of service, vehicle inspection, and cargo securement are just some of the regulatory topics that should be addressed on a regular basis.

All drivers, including your veteran drivers, can benefit from a review of driving skills. Over time, poor driving habits or incorrect skills can develop, causing a greater risk for accidents, incidents, and near misses.

A review of driving techniques such as backing procedures and turning, as well as procedural issues such as driving in adverse weather conditions and operating at night, are examples of driver training courses that should be delivered on a regular basis.

Why J. J. Keller® Training?

Online Training

Supplement classroom or field training with self-paced online courses backed by a trusted team of compliance experts. You can pay as you go using our convenient points system, or you can purchase a subscription and gain unlimited access to our library of over 600 online training courses.

Streaming Video

With Video On Demand, you have access to hundreds of up‑to‑date safety and compliance videos with pay as you go or subscription options. Plus, enjoy remote viewing capabilities that enable you to send streaming video and training access to learners who are off-site or absent from classroom sessions.

Regulatory Knowledge & Expertise

Since 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has helped organizations create safe and compliant workplaces. J. J. Keller subject-matter experts specialize in content development, regulatory compliance and business best practices across a variety of industries.


Flexible Training

Whether you choose online training courses or pay per view (streaming) videos, you’ll enjoy twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week access to a library of hundreds of safety and compliance titles for maximum flexibility in and out of the classroom.

Recordkeeping Functionality

Keep track of which employees trained on which topics and when and have easy access to all of your training records with our online recordkeeping tool.

Report Features

Quickly and easily create reports of your online and classroom training by students or courses.

Our training programs are backed by our team of regulatory experts, who are involved at every stage of employee training and development. Using the latest training techniques and technology, you can get the training you need to help keep your employees informed and in compliance.

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