Commercial Drivers Vehicles Operations I

Provided by: Ivy Tech

Range and on the road training in a tractor trailer are major components of this course. Students will discuss driving in a variety of conditions including at night, emergency situations, skidding, and extreme weather. Students will practice many different driving maneuvers including backing, turning, shifting, coupling, space and speed management in order to prepare for the CDL A exam. This course must be taken concurrently with LOGM 102 and 104.

Course Objectives:

  • Safely practice the basic control maneuvers in a commercial vehicle
  • Demonstrate how to put the vehicle in motion and how to stop the vehicle
  • Demonstrate proper application of shifting patterns and procedures to efficiently perform gear shifting maneuvers
  • Demonstrate the ability to back a tractor-trailer including the ability to parallel park
  • Apply the step-by-step procedures used to couple and uncouple the most standard tractor-trailer combination units
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to perform a safe and effective visual search while on the road
  • Review the principles of basic communication as it pertains to the professional driver
  • Discuss the importance of speed and space management when it comes to operating a tractor-trailer during the day or night as well as in extreme conditions
  • Identify road conditions and other road users that are a potential safety threat
  • Discuss the importance of methods for carrying out evasive steering, emergency stops, off road recoveries, and proper responses to brake failures and blowouts.

Recommended Background

  • PREREQUISITES: LOGM 100 Commercial Driver’s License Theory. COREQUISITES: LOGM 102 Commercial Driver’s License Application and LOGM 104 Commercial Drivers Vehicles Operations II.

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LOGM 103

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