Defensive Driving: Truck Safety

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When people think of defensive driving, they often think of 'watching out for the other driver' or defending themselves from other drivers, so they won't be involved in an accident. That's definitely important, but defensive driving involves more than just that. Defensive driving is as much about what you do and what kind of driver you are as it is about what someone else does. It's about being a safe driver, driving a safe vehicle, knowing how to drive your particular vehicle, taking responsibility for driving carefully in hazardous conditions, and knowing when to take yourself off the road. It's about arming yourself with all the knowledge you can before you turn the key and hit the road. This course is designed to give drivers of commercial vehicles a well-rounded look at the key concepts associated with defensive driving and provide tips and guidelines to prepare them for the everyday challenges on the road.

This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

Target Audience
Commercial truck drivers


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Defensive Driving: Truck Safety

  • Defensive Driving: Truck Safety
  • recognize your responsibilities related to being a defensive driver
  • Knowledge Check: Responsibilities of a Defensive Driver
  • recognize what you must do to meet your obligation to drive a safe vehicle
  • Knowledge Check: Vehicle Safety
  • recognize safe driving techniques for accelerating steering, and stopping safely
  • Knowledge Check: Safe Driving Techniques
  • recognize how to safely manage the speed of your truck
  • Knowledge Check: Speed Management
  • recognize how to safely manage the space around your truck
  • Knowledge Check: Space Management
  • recognize how to manage your area of sight
  • Knowledge Check: Area of Sight
  • recognize other drivers who pose a potential hazard
  • recognize how to deal with aggressive drivers
  • Knowledge Check: Hazardous Drivers
  • recognize distracting behaviors that can be dangerous
  • Knowledge Check: Hazardous Behaviors
  • recognize guidelines associated with night driving, driving in hot weather, and mountain driving
  • Knowledge Check: Adverse Driving Conditions
  • recognize safe actions when steering to avoid a crash
  • recognize safe actions for responding to a tire failure
  • Knowledge Check: Actions for Driving Emergencies
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