Defensive Driving for Commercial Drivers

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Time: Self Paced
  • Exams: 80% Pass Grade
Professional drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles have a responsibility to protect themselves, their cargo, and all other road users in the area. In order to avoid potentially life-threatening consequences, drivers must take an active role in the process of avoiding traffic accidents.

Course overview
In this training course, we will detail the principles of defensive driving and explain the ways that professional drivers can use these principles to keep themselves, and all road users, safe.

We also cover the unique challenges that commercial vehicle drivers face while operating alongside hazardous drivers, road conditions, and vehicular emergencies.

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Certification included
The course satisfies the FMCSA requirements for Defensive Driving Training for Commercial Drivers.

Training Objectives

By the end of this training session, you should be able to:


Understand the basic responsibilities related to being a safe, professional driver


Recognize dangerous road hazards, conditions, and/or users

Avoiding Hazards

Know how to avoid hazards and prevent accidents while driving

Stopping Distance

Understand the effects of vehicle speed and weight on stopping distance

Space Management

Recognize the importance of proper space management while operating a CMV

Distracted Drivers

Identify signs of distracted drivers and understand how to distance your vehicle from them

Visual Search

Visually search the road for potential hazards and scan the front, back, and sides of your vehicle

Communicate Intentions

Effectively communicate your intentions to other road users while driving