Negotiating Hazards for Commercial Vehicles

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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, collisions at intersections alone account for 45% of all reported crashes and 21% of fatalities. Intersections are just one of many common hazards you may encounter every day. In order to safely negotiate the hazards you come into contact with, you must be familiar with the procedures and precautions to take. In this course, you will learn about what you need to do to safely negotiate turns and merging, intersections, downgrades, and railroad crossings. 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
Operators of commercial vehicles and other large trucks

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Negotiating Hazards for Commercial Vehicles

  • Negotiating Hazards for Commercial Vehicles
  • make safe left and right turns in your truck
  • safely merge your truck into traffic and exit from traffic
  • Knowledge Check: Turning and Merging
  • identify the steps to take to ensure that your truck is visible to other motorists
  • negotiate crosswalks and intersections in school zones safely
  • recognize how to approach various types of intersections
  • Knowledge Check: Intersections
  • take appropriate precautions when negotiating downgrades
  • identify maintenance check guidelines for the braking system
  • Knowledge Check: Downgrades
  • identify different types of railroad crossings
  • identify the different types of warning signs and devices that mark railroad crossings
  • safely negotiate railroad crossings
  • Knowledge Check: Railroad Crossings
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