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 training programs — developed in cooperation by our regulatory experts and adult learning specialists — can help you keep your drivers vigilant.
Choose from our popular DOT & driver training topics below or view our full library of transportation training titles in the course library.
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:
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.
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.
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 350 online training courses.
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.
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.
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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.