MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY TRAINING

Online Training Catalog

TargetSolutions’ Online Driver Training & Compliance Program offers organizations a solution to reduce motor vehicle losses. Driver curriculum is designed to change unsafe driving behavior and reinforce critical safe-driving concepts. Courses have been tailored to meet the varied needs of drivers of automobiles, large trucks and passenger vans. Supervisor curriculum is designed to provide supervisors with the training necessary to maintain a staff of safe and capable drivers. Driver training courses and curriculum for supervisors are available.

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DRIVER PROGRAM

A year-long program testing a driver’s ability to identify road hazards, beginning with an interactive driving simulation. Each user will be placed in a personalized program based on their performance in the initial assessment.


Driver Assessment

The initial interactive driving simulation assesses the user’s ability to identify hazards. The assessment covers 12 key driving competencies and determines the individualized year-long training plan for each user.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Backing Up Safely

How often do you need to back up your vehicle? If you are like most drivers, you spend less time backing up than driving forward. However, backing up is one of the more risky maneuvers you do throughout the day, especially if it is in crowded parking lots or restricted spaces. This course will identify potential hazards for backing up and best practices for avoiding those hazards.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Driver distraction has become a serious problem, and unfortunately, seems to be increasing. Think about the last time you drove or rode in a car. Did you notice other distracted drivers? Or, were you distracted while driving? Even though most people know distracted driving is risky, they still become distracted while they drive. This course will describe why distracted driving is risky and identify strategies to reduce distracted driving.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Environmental Driving Hazards

Although most driving occurs during the daytime hours with good visibility, there are instances where you may have to drive with limited visibility or in inclement weather. This course identifies common environmental hazards and strategies to prevent crashes related to environmental hazards.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Hazard Perception - Hidden Hazards

Hidden hazards are not easily identifiable. They are partially or completely hidden from your view, but still have the potential to develop into a risk. Because the hazard is partially or completely hidden, it is unlikely you will be able to anticipate the risk far in advance. This course will identify examples of hidden hazards and best practices to reduce the risks of these hazards.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Intersection Collisions - Cross Traffic

Intersections are one of the most dangerous locations on any roadway. You should pay particular attention to the cross traffic as you approach the intersection. Cross traffic includes all road users that are traveling on the intersecting road and may cross or enter your path. This course will identify common contributing factors to cross traffic intersection collisions and strategies to prevent intersection collisions due to cross traffic.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Intersection Collisions - Rear-ends

More than 25 percent of all car crashes are rear-end collisions. A rear-end crash occurs when the front of one vehicle comes into contact with the rear of another vehicle. This course will describe contributing factors to rear-end crashes and identify strategies to prevent rear-ending or being rear-ended by another vehicle.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Intersection Collisions - Turning

Intersections are one of the most dangerous locations on the roadway. Research has shown that a large number of crashes every year occur in an intersection or are intersection-related. This course identifies intersection hazards and strategies to prevent crashes in intersections.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Loss of Control Crashes

Have you ever unexpectedly lost control of your vehicle while driving? Perhaps you lost control of your vehicle in inclement weather. Maybe it was raining hard and you applied the brakes suddenly, or you crossed a bridge that was covered with ice. Or, maybe you lost control because you had to suddenly steer to avoid hitting another vehicle or object. If so, you are not alone. These are all common factors that lead to loss of control events. This course will identify common loss of control crashes and then discuss ways to reduce loss of control and how to regain control.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Preventing Sideswipe Collisions

Have you ever noticed another vehicle drifting slowing across the lane line into your lane? Or perhaps your vehicle was the one unintentionally crossing the lane line into another lane? If so, you are not alone, this is a common sideswipe crash scenario. This course will identify potential hazards that may lead to sideswipe crashes and best practices for avoiding those hazards.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Sharing the Road with Pedestrians and Cyclists

Unless you are driving on an interstate, it is possible you will be sharing the road with other types of road users. For example, you may encounter pedestrians and bicyclists while driving in urban, suburban, or rural areas. These situations are dangerous because collisions between vehicles and cyclists or pedestrians often result in serious injuries or fatalities. This course will identify clues that cyclists and pedestrians may become hazards and strategies to prevent collisions with cyclists or pedestrians.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Vehicle Speed and Space Management

Speeding is one of the contributing factors in a large percentage of crashes. Not only does speeding above the posted speed limit increase your risk of being involved in a crash, it also increases the severity of the crash. High speed crashes are more likely to result in a fatality or injury compared to lower speed crashes. This course will identify why it is important to manage your speed and space around your vehicle and describe strategies for effective space management.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Work Zone Driving Hazards

Work zones or construction zones are some of the most risky locations on any road. In the United States, a crash occurs in a work zone every 5 to 6 minutes. These crashes result in dozens of serious injuries every day and multiple fatalities each week. This course will identify why work zones are hazardous and describe strategies to reduce your risk of a crash in a work zone.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)


DRIVER TRAINING

Safe Driving

Driving is a dangerous activity most of us participate in every day. Even if you are doing everything correctly you have to watch out for others. People are routinely distracted by eating, texting, cell phones, emotions and just about everything else under the sun. This is coupled with dangerous roadways, construction zones, pedestrians, adverse weather conditions, equipment failure and congestion. It’s no wonder that a commute to work or a simple work trip can feel like running a dangerous gauntlet. The aim of this course is to reduce the risk of driving by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. This can be achieved through adherence to a variety of general rules, as well as the practice of specific driving techniques. In this lesson the student will be introduced to the basic concepts of safe driving including definitions and statistics, perception and ability, legal driving vs. safe driving; and causes of unsafe driving.

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Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)


LARGE VEHICLE DRIVER TRAINING

Accidents & Emergencies for Large Vehicle Operators

This course provides guidance for employees who drive large vehicles on the job, describing post-accident procedures such as who to call, what information to provide and collect, and what forms to complete. Information is also provided regarding what employee drivers can expect to be carried out by their organization during the accident investigation and which corrective actions could be recommended to prevent similar accidents in the future. Likewise, the course also discusses strategies for responding safely to unexpected vehicle emergencies, such as a mechanical failure. Equipping a vehicle with an accident kit and emergency supplies is also part of the recommended preparation strategies, as well as some tips on preventing the major causes of accidents and emergencies.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Adjusting to Changing Conditions for Large Vehicle Operators

It is an obvious fact that environmental conditions play a significant role in vehicle crashes. The most unfortunate aspect of such collisions is that oftentimes they are entirely preventable. The main culprit in these crashes is often not the effect of the environment but the drivers who failed to recognize the hazardous conditions and drive appropriately. Environmental conditions that can affect driving include weather, visibility, and road surface quality. All of these require drivers to be able to respond appropriately and suit their driving performance to make sure the vehicle handles safely under the conditions present. This course provides an overview for large vehicle operators of how to respond to changing conditions on the road and emergencies that may come up unexpectedly, such as a flat tire or a skid, to ensure safe vehicle operations.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Aggressive Driving for Large Vehicle Drivers

In a recent survey of current commercial motor vehicle (CMV) fleet safety managers, aggression and anger were considered the most dangerous risk factors for drivers. Unfortunately, there is good reason for this grim assessment. Aggressive driving is a serious problem on America’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that aggressive drivers cause two-thirds of all fatal crashes today. While drivers under 30 are most likely to show aggressive driving behavior at the wheel, aggressive driving is a problem that crosses generational, racial, gender, and geographic lines.

Aggressive driving is a problem that threatens pedestrians, passengers, and drivers of all types of vehicles. Aggressive drivers may be unpredictable, take risks, make erratic maneuvers, and have little regard for the welfare of others. Therefore, even drivers who may not consider themselves aggressive should still learn strategies for how to avoid provoking an aggressive driving incident.

This course is aimed at reducing the likelihood of large vehicle drivers becoming involved in an aggressive driving incident. It proposes strategies for avoiding both perpetrating and provoking an aggressive driving incident. The course also discusses the topic of speeding as a primary and deadly symptom of aggressive driving. It is hoped that this course will help our roadways become safer and less stressful, which will ultimately minimize injuries, save on property damage repair costs, and, most importantly, save lives.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Bucket/Boom Truck Safety and Operation

Operating a boom truck, or bucket truck requires specialized training because of the complexity of these pieces of machinery. Whether you are a professional or a homeowner understanding aerial safety practices and safety procedures is absolutely necessary to minimize and or eliminate accidents, falls and injuries. To ensure the worksite safety of others as well as for yourself, it is vital that you are properly trained to operate this type of equipment and recertify annually to keep current in any changes in equipment or procedures. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), ANSI (American National Standards) and FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) all govern the safe operation of aerial lifts and aerial lift trucks as well as the fall protection needed to operate from an aerial lift safely.

This training will cover an overview of bucket trucks, operator training, personal protective equipment, lift and vehicle inspections, worksite preparation and inspection worksite hazards to include mitigation of identified hazards.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Dangers of Speeding for Large Vehicle Drivers

The course covers what factors influence drivers to speed, what risks arise from excessive speed, how speed affects stopping distance, what economic costs stem from speeding, how to avoid becoming involved in a collision with a speeder, and what factors to consider in choosing a safe speed for vehicle operation.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Defensive Driving Strategies for Large Vehicle Drivers

Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of work-related fatalities in the U.S. This course prepares drivers for encountering these potential hazards on the roadway. It follows a three-fold approach by encouraging drivers to anticipate, recognize, and respond to driving hazards. Within this framework, topics covered include the need and practical instruction for driving defensively. Also covered is the new technology available to large vehicles and how to properly use these systems. It is hoped that if drivers apply the information they take away from the course, they will help our roadways become a safer environment for everyone.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Distracted Driving for Large Vehicle Drivers

A brief gaze at a vehicle accident, a look down to try to read a map, a routine cell phone conversation — these all have the potential to cause a deadly truck accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 6 to 8.3 million drivers crashed in the past five years as a result of being distracted.

Distracted driving is receiving increasing attention from both the media and legislators, but there is still a long way to go before drivers are fully aware of the hazards involved. Large vehicles require 20-40% more stopping distance, and when a driver’s attention is diverted from the roadway ahead of the vehicle, even that distance may not be enough. Traumatic injury or fatality can be the tragic end result.

This course examines the problem of distracted driving and offers solutions and prevention measures for avoiding accidents due to distracted driving. Recent case studies are also presented along with a discussion of the lessons that can be learned from each.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Driver Safety Orientation for Large Vehicle Drivers

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of incidental deaths among U.S. workers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) more than 2,000 deaths a year are attributed to occupational motor vehicle accidents. This represents more than 30% of annual work-related fatalities. Unlike other workplaces, the roadway is an environment outside the control of the employer. Preventing work-related roadway crashes requires strategies that combine traffic safety principles and sound safety management practices. Although drivers cannot control roadway conditions, they can practice safe driving behavior by attending periodic driver training and following all motor vehicle safety laws and organizational policies regarding driver safety. Crashes are not an unavoidable part of doing business. This course highlights the steps drivers can take to protect themselves on the job.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Impaired Driving for Large Vehicle Drivers

The purpose of this course is to encourage safe driving practices among employees, reduce employers’ costs due to incidents caused by impaired driving, and educate drivers on the factors that contribute to impaired driving. Driving is a common task required of many employees nationwide and even a small increase in safe driving practices can reduce the number of accidents and, most importantly, save lives. Due to the widespread nature of the alcohol-impaired driving problem in particular, special attention has been given to this problem.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Intersection Safety for Large Vehicle Drivers

Intersections are one of the most dangerous sections of the roadway. Accidents at intersections account for approximately 40 percent of all reported crashes and one of every five fatal crashes. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) lists intersection safety as one of its top priorities, and it recommends driver training as one of the keys to reducing crashes at intersections.

This course highlights the principles and practices drivers must consider for safely navigating through various types of intersections and examines the potential risks associated with the operation of trucks and other large vehicles at intersections. The course describes best practices for intersection safety and encourages the adoption of key safety practices to reduce crashes at intersections.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Large Vehicle Characteristics

Large vehicles have unique dimensions and mechanical components. Being familiar with these can help make drivers safer on the roadways.

This course reviews various types of large vehicles, highlighting the unique features of these vehicles as well as the distinct handling requirements required for safe operation. An overview of unique large vehicle features such as sleeper berths, semi-trailer effects on handling, tanker surge, weight and size regulations, safety enhancements, and braking systems is provided. The culmination of these discussions centers on applying the knowledge gained to reduce crash risks.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Safe Backing for Large Vehicle Drivers

Most of a driver’s time behind the wheel is spent while the vehicle is moving forward. The repetition and accumulation of experience can help make drivers safe. But unfortunately this does not mean they will be equally good or safe when it comes to backing. Backing is one of the most difficult driving skills to master and therefore can pose a great risk.

Statistics confirm that backing a truck is one of the most dangerous driving activities. Despite the relatively little time spent backing compared to driving forward, backing still accounts for between 25-30% of vehicle accidents nationwide. It is not hard to see why learning, reviewing, and practicing safe backing techniques is a key part of reducing truck accidents.

This course focuses on the various safety precautions and techniques for backing safely in a number of situations. Topics such as safe backing procedures, backing with a trailer, blind spots, adjusting mirrors, and parallel parking are covered.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Seat Belt & Airbag Safety for Large Vehicle Drivers

Over 5,099 people driving large trucks and busses died in crashes in 2007, according to the the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). 95% of these fatal crashes, involved large trucks. A major cause of truck and bus driver fatalities is being ejected from the vehicle. And while the FMCSA concludes that 65% of operators of large trucks and buses use seat belts while on the road, this means that 35% of these drivers still don’t. Additionally, only 57% of commercial motor vehicle operators (CVM) use seat belts, as reported in 2007. The point cannot be stated more clearly:

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in vehicle collisions.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Securing Materials for Transportation for Large Vehicle Drivers

Debris scattered on a congested highway, heavy boxes shifting back and forth as the vehicle moves, a wrench lying on the passenger seat–driving with materials that are not properly secured can endanger drivers, their passengers, and others. According to the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation, over 25,000 accidents per year result from litter dumped by motorists or that falls out of vehicles throughout North America (2004). A sudden sharp stop, a tight turn, or a collision can turn materials into deadly projectiles, and cargo on a trailer or truck bed can be sent hurtling across the roadway.

These scenarios can be prevented. With a little attention to safety, drivers can reduce the chance of injury, fatality, and property damage or loss.

This course covers the dangers of carrying materials for large vehicle operators, whether these are within the vehicle, in a storage compartment, or in a trailer. Drivers are instructed on the basic safety considerations for securing such materials properly so that the danger they pose is reduced. By remembering to check for loose materials before getting behind the wheel, and tying down or securing any loose materials that are identified, drivers can reduce the chance of causing serious to themselves or others.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Sharing the Road for Large Vehicle Drivers

A 2006 study found that drivers of large trucks and other vehicles involved in truck crashes are 10 times more likely to be the cause of the crash than other factors, such as weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance. The number of crashes involving trucks and cars averages over 200,000 per year in the U.S. That number grows even higher when considering truck and bus crashes involving motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The frequency of these incidents makes it clear that drivers need to be more cautious when driving in the vicinity of different vehicle types. There are a different set of factors to consider, for example, when driving near a car than when driving near a motorcycle–factors such as different vehicle sizes, their different performance abilities and limitations, and the different stopping distances they require. These are the kinds of factors that the course aims to review.

NOTE: General driving safety practices–such as avoiding impaired driving, avoiding aggressive driving, and following traffic laws–pertain to driving safety in all situations, not only driving situations in the vicinity of other vehicle types. For this reason these kinds of topics are not covered in this course, although certainly they should still be considered a part of general driving safety when sharing the road. They are important topics and separate courses provide more extensive coverage of these issues (e.g., Distracted Driving, Aggressive Driving , etc.).

 

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)

Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance for Large Vehicle Drivers

Regularly inspecting a vehicle for problems and following a schedule of routine maintenance are critical to ensuring safety and prolonging the life of the vehicle. Unfortunately, however, the majority of vehicles on the road are not properly inspected or maintained. A recent national survey found that at least 80% of vehicles are not adequately maintained and have at least one component needing attention. This not only means that most vehicles on the roadway are not operating under optimally safe conditions, it also suggests that drivers do not recognize the need for following a regular schedule of inspecting and maintaining their vehicles.

A vehicle that is not regularly inspected and maintained will gradually degrade in performance, use more gasoline or diesel, and increase the chances that future repairs will be more costly. An inadequately maintained vehicle also produces more pollution, which can reflect negatively on the organization owning the vehicle.

This course focuses on drivers’ responsibility to inspect their vehicles and maintain them in good working condition. Critical and pertinent topics are covered such as what to inspect, how to document inspections, the cost-saving benefits of properly maintaining a vehicle, how to check tire pressure, and how to identify common vehicle problems before they contribute to costly major mechanical failures.

Course Duration: 0.5 Hour(s)

Vehicle Safety and Security for Large Vehicle Drivers

An unfortunate reality that any driver or fleet manager has to deal with is the security and protection of his or her vehicles. According to the FBI, a vehicle is stolen in the U.S. every 26.4 seconds. In addition to vehicle theft, a surprising amount of other causes of damage and loss of property, as well as injury and fatality to personnel, is sustained every year by vehicle operators and the organizations they represent behind the wheel. Greater attention to security and safety measures of protection should be implemented to effectively curb this trend, contain the losses, and save lives.

This course is dedicated to educating drivers and vehicle managers and improving vehicle safety and security. Receiving particular emphasis in this course are the areas of preventing vehicle theft and enhancing the personal safety of vehicle occupants. Regarding vehicle security, topics covered include, among others, how to secure a vehicle safely when parking, what security devices can be installed to enhance protection, and how to follow a comprehensive “layered” approach to vehicle security. Vehicle safety is also featured prominently in this course, and topics such as safety tips for protecting vehicle occupants from injury in a collision and properly using vehicle-equipped safety devices are discussed.

Course Duration: 1 Hour(s)