Training News and Articles

June 26, 2024

FAQ on Commercial Driver Training and Driver Licensing in Canada

We've compiled the most frequently asked questions about commercial driving programs, licensing requirements and everything in between.

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June 17, 2024

J. J. Keller Introduces Canada-Specific Training for Fleet Drivers & Trainers

New J. J. Keller® Safe & Smart® training programs provide advanced instruction for drivers and driver trainers with operations in Canada.

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May 29, 2024

Driver Vehicle Inspections Are a Critical Step in Defensive Driving

After reading the headline, you might be asking, “What do driver vehicle inspections have to do with defensive driving?” Actually, a lot!

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February 19, 2024

How to Build a Driver Training Course and Program

Getting drivers time behind the wheel in a safe environment is a critical element of any effective training program. Learn the steps to building your own driver training course!

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Safe Driving Equals Smart Business

January 26, 2024

Learn about the ROI of investing in safe driving.

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The Accident Numbers Don’t Lie

December 21, 2023

Think you know how common and costly large truck accidents are? Test your knowledge!

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Winter is Here! Time to Catch up on Maintenance

December 18, 2023

With the arrival of winter, the operational tempo in the construction industry typically slows. This gives companies the time to catch up on the deferred maintenance.

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5 Best Practices to Steer Clear of Trouble When Hiring Inexperienced Drivers

September 6, 2023

When safety is a core value supported by industry-leading best practices, inexperienced drivers are likelier to stay safe, be successful, and remain with the company.

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Rev Up Driver Appreciation with a Best-in-Class Training Program

August 29, 2023

Highly skilled drivers are in short supply. Carriers investing in best-in-class training accelerate driver skill development and show appreciation.

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J. J. Keller’s Safe & Smart® Driver Training Program in the News!

June 21, 2023

A recent article in the Oakdale Leader features Kelsey Carter, transportation director for The Save Mart Companies, TSMC. One of her achievements includes implementing J. J. Keller’s Safe & Smart® Driver Training Program at two of their California locations.

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April 3, 2023

Forklift Training — Develop an In-House Program

So, you want to train your forklift operators in-house, instead of sending them out to the expensive third-party training facility. How would you go about setting up an in-house program?

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February 10, 2023

Looking Back and Looking Ahead on ELDT’s One-Year Anniversary

February 7, 2023, marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule. So, how has it gone and what’s next? Let’s take a look.

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January 10, 2023

J. J. Keller to Help Iowa Employers Take Advantage of State’s New Entry-Level Driver Training Program Funding

On December 5, 2022, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Iowa Entry-Level Driver Training Program, a new funding opportunity making it easier for Iowa employers to train their drivers to earn a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

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December 13, 2022

Adding a Hazmat Endorsement to an Existing CDL

An individual must complete a specific course of theory instruction presented and administered by a school or entity that meets all ELDT requirements and is listed on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry prior to taking the hazmat endorsement knowledge test.

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October 12, 2022

Defensive Driving — Not a One and Done

Defensive driving skills that should be covered regularly include seeing and being seen, visual scanning, speed and space management, merging, and navigating intersections.

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April 15, 2022

Forklift Safety and Training

Forklift safety has seen a renewed focus recently with the observance of National Forklift Safety Day, a revised ANSI lift truck industry standard, and a regulatory agenda item to revise the OSHA standard.

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February 28, 2022

Entry-Level Driver Training and Government Entities: The Top 3 Questions

There is an exception to the majority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for transportation performed by the federal government, state government, or a political subdivision of a state.

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February 17, 2022

Compliance Date is Here: Top 3 ELDT Questions

Now that the entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule has been in place for a few weeks, carriers and schools are shifting from dealing with basic compliance to more specific, detailed issues.

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January 24, 2022

3 Tips for Training Seasonal Drivers

Winter is here, and with it comes an onslaught of seasonal drivers to help haul cargo, deliver packages, and clear snowy roads.

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December 22, 2021

How Training Can Keep You Out of the Courtroom

According to research conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), between 2014 and 2019 there were nearly 300 cases against trucking fleets that resulted in awards of $1 million or more.

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Critical Questions to Address if You Use Yard Jockeys

The short move in a trailer to and from the dock is a vital link that must be done safely by skilled and qualified employees. 

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New Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule Is Almost Here!

Starting February 7, 2022, your entry-level drivers won't be able to take their CDL test until they successfully complete a specific program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction.

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November 12, 2022

ELDT: What Recordkeeping is Required?

After an individual completes training administered by a provider listed on the TPR, that provider must, by midnight of the second business day after the driver-trainee completes the training, electronically transmit training certification information through the TPR website.

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August 17, 2021

Entry-Level Driver Training: The Basics

Compliance with the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is quickly approaching. As of February 7, 2022, the education requirements will change.

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September 27, 2021

What Does It Take To Become An Entry-Level Driver Training Instructor?

Compliance with the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements is right around the corner — specifically, February 7, 2022.

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September 9, 2021

Five Key Elements of a Yard Driver Training Program

Train in the following areas at the time of hire, periodically after hire, and to correct deficiencies to demonstrate your commitment to safety and protect your business.

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July 26, 2021

Training Improves Driver Retention

Driver retention will become an even more critical issue in the future as driver shortages and turnover rates are expected to climb dramatically over the next several years.

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May 26, 2021

The Whys and Hows of Corrective Action Training for Drivers

Corrective action training, sometimes referred to as remedial training, is conducted in response to an accident, violation, or complaint.

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April 28, 2021 

3 Tips for Providing Driver Training to a Diverse Group of Learners

Trucking is a diverse industry. It employs individuals of various ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

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March 1, 2021

Top Three Challenges to Developing an Effective Driver Training Program

A well-established training program, tailored to an operation's needs, is a key component of a motor carrier's safety program.

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March 17, 2021

Get More Out of Your Road Tests

Road test requirements are designed to aid in vetting driver applicants, but your road test should do more than evaluate driving skill. It should also help determine long-term fit.

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