Course DescriptionThis course prepares students for the Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL). Instruction includes theory, and practical hands-on behind-the-wheel operation of tractor trailers preparing students to safely operate tractor trailer vehicles on the road to and from pickup and delivery points. Emphasis is placed on defensive driving, Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations, trip planning, cargo handling, vehicle systems, hours of service, vehicle inspection, and accident prevention. Successful students will demonstrate the skills required for the commercial driver license and employment.
Students will learn to:
- Communicate effectively with co-workers, enforcement and safety personnel, employers, customers, and family through listening, speaking, and writing.
- Read, interpret, diagnose and take appropriate action upon information provided by vehicle control systems and instruments.
- Perform pre-trip, enroute, and post-trip inspections, accurately document findings, and forward timely reports to appropriate personnel or offices.
- Shift all gears of multi-speed, dual-range transmissions in varying speed, terrain and highway conditions to achieve and maintain fuel and equipment efficiency.
- Back and dock, couple and uncouple tractor-trailer units safely and efficiently.
- Execute safe driving practices using visual observations; managing and adjusting vehicle speed, distances, and separation in various terrain and highway conditions; identifying potential driving hazards; and performing defensive and evasive actions.
- Assess accident scenes, provide needed assistance, notify proper safety, rescue, and environmental authorities, obtain needed information, and protect injured persons, and cargo.
- Safely receive, secure, handle, care for and accurately document cargo.
- Identify and safely adjust to difficult and/or extreme driving conditions involving night operations, weather and terrain.
- Plan trips using maps and federal and state regulations; make decisions concerning optimal routes, permits, fuel use, time, costs, layovers, record keeping, and needed information and documents.
- Make choices and follow practices that contribute to personal health and safety.
- Manage the day-to-day responsibilities of an entry-level truck driver by managing time effectively, working effectively with others, demonstrating dependability, and completing assignments satisfactorily.
Textbooks and course materials are required.
Valid “Class A” Commercial Learner Permit
- NC Department of Transportation 1.0 PDU