CarriersEdge has introduced a new course to help drivers safely handle one of the most hazard-laden aspects of their jobs: maneuvering in tight, congested conditions while making deliveries. “Trip Planning, Parking, and Deliveries” gives drivers the tools and awareness they need to make deliveries without incident.

The course uses a mixture of text, graphics and photos, real-life illustrations, interactivity, and short quizzes to deliver material to drivers in a fashion that helps them retain the information for use on the job, according to the company.

All courses are available to drivers 24/7 on a computer or mobile device. The new course will help drivers prepare themselves, their cargo, and their vehicle for a delivery. They will also learn more about how distraction and complacency contribute to collisions and how to prevent collisions in truck stops and parking areas. Additionally, the course covers how to use safe parking and backing procedures, including the use a spotter. Finally, drivers will be reminded how to properly inspect, couple and uncouple a trailer and overall avoid personal injury.

The course takes 70 minutes and can be broken down into three smaller modules. The Trip Planning segment teaches drivers how to research new delivery locations and identify potential pitfalls such as along the way, such as particularly busy intersections or low bridges. Trip planning can also help drivers avoid risky maneuvers such as U-turns and backing into traffic. The module also covers such topics as mirror check stations and the pros and cons of GPS systems.

In the module covering the trip itself and parking, drivers will learn the hazards of distraction and complacency that grow as they become more familiar with routes and destinations, as well as trailer inspection procedures, avoiding collisions in parking areas and fuel stops, turning methods and keeping pedestrians safe.

The third module covers hazards at the delivery site, and how successful, professional drivers can stay safe and project a positive image when on a customer’s property. Drivers taking the course will learn about common hazards at loading docks so they can reduce the chance of slip, trip and fall injuries to themselves or others as they unhook and prepare to unload.