Fleet Driver Safety Training

All our training courses are tailored to your specific needs and include custom-made Driver Handbooks.

The training sessions are supported with Audio-Visual aids and depending on the subject also include “hands-on / in-yard” demonstrations.

While we prefer to hold all training sessions at the customer’s facility, arrangements can be made for “off-site” training locations, if the carrier is not equipped with the necessary A/V equipment, such as Dry Erase Whiteboard, Overhead Projector, and TV-VCR.

The Road-Scholar™ maintains up-to-date information on compliance related matters, particularly as they relate to the driver requirements under the US-Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (CFR-49) and the US-DoT as well as the Canadian National Safety Code.

Our Professional Driver Improvement Training includes an actual road test / driver-evaluation during the driver’s regular shift. Potential bad habits are identified and discussed with the driver. Thereafter, we conduct one or two “tail-ride” checks to observe the driver’s behaviour while he/she believes “no-one is looking over his/her shoulder”. A written report of our findings is provided to the carrier.

Code # RST-8001-PDI 
The TDG/Haz-Mat training course lasts 2-4 hours, depending on whether or not the participants have been previously trained on this subject. Training-Certificate renewals (every 36 months) usually involve only a written “open-book” test of between 36 and 45 questions relating to your particular operation. (Includes a TDG/Haz-Mat Driver Handbook and Emergency Response Guide).
Code # RST-8002-TDG

Hours-of-Service / Log-Book training specializes in dispelling the myths so prevalent in this industry, since the new HoS regulations became effective. The “14-hr Tour-of-Duty/16-hr Elapsed Time”, “34/36-hour Reset”, Cycles 1 and 2, Deferred Off-Duty requirements etc are discussed in detail with actual case-samples. We also identify common errors in the completion of your drivers’ daily log sheets.
Code # RST-8003-HoS

The Load Securement Standard, which came into effect in both Canada and the US a number of years ago, is now also being enforced for closed van and container operations. It is imperative that all your drivers be properly trained on these requirements.

A marked increase in cargo securement violations is being recorded on many carrier CVOR and US-SafeStat abstracts. Each training participant receives a copy of the Cargo Securement Driver Guide, which covers all types of cargo and outlines the subtle differences between the Canadian and US Regulations.
Code # RST-8004-CSS
“Tail-Ride Checks” are very effective ways to monitor your drivers’ behaviour on the road. Some drivers tend to let their guards down, when they believe no one is watching them. We conduct our Tail-Ride Checks incognito anywhere in your area of operation. A detailed report is provided to the carrier.
Code # RST-8005-TRC
Many newer drivers, or those that have never crossed international borders, must be properly trained in the completion of Shipping and Border Crossing documentation. Furthermore, many a freight claim could be refused, if the driver had verified the information on the Bill of Lading before signing the shipping document. Our Shipping Documentation & Border Crossing training session covers all aspects of this very important paperwork.
Code # RST-8006-SBD

Many companies, that move a large numbers of trailers in their yards, employ Shunt-Drivers, who may or may not be AZ-License1 holders. While trailer shunting on private property does not require a licensed driver, the new load securement standard specifies that vehicles may not be loaded unless the equipment is in a mechanically roadworthy condition. If a pre-loaded trailer is found with a mechanical defect that cannot be immediately repaired on-site, it will necessitate the transferring of the freight to another trailer. Every time freight is being handled, it increases the risk of damage, more so because this un-scheduled cross docking is being done in a rushed and less careful manner.
Many shunt-drivers also misinterpret the concept of “Speed versus Safety” during shunting operations. Our Yard-Shunting Etiquette training session includes Safe Practice Requirements, power-unit DVI, trailer pre-loading inspection, safe maneuvering / backing, introduction to cargo-securement as well as a “hands-on / in-yard” demonstration.
Code # RST-8007-YSE

Carriers offering temperature-controlled service may consider a worthwhile loss-prevention investment to provide their drivers with a Reefer Operation training session specifically geared to their particular operation – be it Produce hauling, pharmaceuticals, chemicals etc. This training session is geared to the actual reefer systems used in your fleet and includes a custom-made Driver Handbook.
Code # RST-8008-RTC

If you have particular training needs not covered above, it would be our pleasure to discuss them with you. We can create any new course-material as required

1The term “AZ-license” refers to the Ontario classification for a tractor/trailer driver. Other Canadian jurisdictions may use different but compatible classifications, such as Class 1 with or without F/M endorsements, whereas for the US, the equivalent license class would be a CDL-A