Basic Control

Straight Line Backing (ELDT B)

What are the fundamentals of backing safety? When possible, position the vehicle so the tractor and trailer are aligned and the front wheels are straight. It is YOUR obligation to make sure your path is clear.  Use the GOAL principle. If you can, use a helper and confirm hand signals. Back up using only idle …

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Left Turns

What are the basic steps to making a left turn at an intersection? slow down before making a turn don’t approach an intersection too fast put the rig in the correct gear based on speed and road conditions position your rig in the best lane, farthest to the right drive to the center of the …

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Right Turns

Describe basic rules for making a successful right turn. Turn on your signal Slow down Downshift before the turn (don’t shift gears while turning) Plan ahead and scan ahead Watch your mirrors Consider finding an alternate route if the turn is too sharp Always yield to other vehicles, pedestrians or bikes Use good judgment Be …

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Turning a Commercial Vehicle

What are some basic principles for safely turning a commercial vehicle? Look ahead and plan ahead: look down the road to intersections and hard turns.  Try to see potential hazards and make a plan to turn safely. Slow down: intersections have many hazards and moving parts.  Execute turns slowly and you will reduce risks. Know …

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Straight Line Backing

What are the fundamentals of backing safety? When possible, position the vehicle so the tractor and trailer are aligned and the front wheels are straight. It is YOUR obligation to make sure your path is clear.  Use the GOAL principle. If you can, use a helper and confirm hand signals. Back up using only idle …

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Basic Commercial Vehicle Control

Does a professional driver continue to learn new skills after CDL training? Yes, absolutely!  Basic CDL training will teach you the fundamentals of operating a truck.  However, any professional driver will tell you that it takes practice and experience to polish and master driving skills to make you safer and better at your job. What …

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