Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) Training

Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) - Online Training

This online course was created for professional drivers in the transportation industry, and it has two main purposes: giving a refresher on safe driving techniques, and teaching new concepts about driving safely.
Well trained drivers protect themselves and others on the road, and they also help reduce the costs associated with sick leave, insurance, and third-party damage. Proper driving also reduces vehicle abuse, which saves on maintenance over time. In a large commercial fleet, the savings from reduced vehicle abuse can be significant.
Providing adequate training for drivers is part of being socially responsible, but it also offers companies a return on investment.

How Commercial Drivers Can Improve their Skills

Government regulations include minimum training requirements to drive commercial vehicles. However, additional training is beneficial for both drivers and their employers. The following are some areas in which commercial drivers can improve their skills, even when all legal requirements have been met:

  • Passing other vehicles safely
  • Following distances and stopping distances
  • Understanding different road conditions and the hazards they bring
  • Self-awareness: understanding fatigue and other driver impairments
  • Effective route planning: completing deliveries on time and safely
  • Understanding roads better: markings, turns, intersections, and right-of-way
  • Safe winter driving
  • Collision prevention, including backing and jackknife collisions.

Commercial drivers can also improve by getting familiarized with accident statistics and their most common causes. Safe driving requires both knowledge and the right attitude – being aware of road hazards is not enough if they are underestimated. Drivers must be aware of all the potential collisions that may happen on the road, not only with other vehicles but also with pedestrians and wildlife.
Vehicle care is another area in which drivers can improve their skills, which includes areas like preventive maintenance and inspections. Pre-trip inspections are required by law, but drivers can conduct inspections during and after the trip for additional safety.
In the case of trailers and trucks, load securing is also important for safe driving. Even when a vehicle is handled by a professional driver, a poorly secured load can threaten others on the road. Also, a moving load may cause the driver to lose control over the vehicle.

Additional Course Benefits for Commercial Drivers in Alberta

In Alberta, this online course is approved by the provincial government for a 3-point demerit reduction. A verified certificate will be available within 48 hours of passing the course, which requires a grade of at least 80%.
The certificate contains the necessary information for the demerit reduction, and it must be submitted along with the commercial driver’s information. The demerit reduction is then processed within 2-3 weeks.

Course Topics

Navigating the Course
Course Goals
Driver Readiness Quiz

Module 1 – Attitude
Statistics About Vehicle Collisions
The Challenge
Understanding Preventable and Non-Preventable Collisions
Fundamental Philosophy
Safer System Of Driving

Module 2 – Driving Conditions
Adverse Conditions
Weather Conditions
Light Conditions
Road Conditions
Traffic Conditions
Driver Conditions
Inspecting a Commercial Vehicles
Using Air Brakes
Coupling And Uncoupling

Module 3 – Collisions
Collisions Between Two Vehicles
Colliding with the Vehicle Ahead
Colliding with the Vehicle Behind
Passing other Vehicles Safely
Driving Safely while Being Passed
Collisions at Intersections
Head-On Collisions

Module 3A – Collisions (Continued)
Train Collisions
Pedestrian Collisions
Sharing the Road

Module 4 – Collisions (Continued)
Backing Collisions
Collisions with Wildlife
What Is Jack-Knifing?

Module 4A – Collision Response
How to Report an Accident
What To Do If a Collision Happens?
How to Record Accident Details
Calling Your Insurance Company

Module 5 – Fatigue
Fatigue Statistics
Understanding Sleep
How to Recognize Fatigue
Situational Awareness Test
Effective Strategies to Manage Fatigue
Your Responsibility as a Driver

Module 6 – Impaired Driving
Statistics about Drinking and Driving
Our Responsibilities
Legal Consequences of Drunk Driving
Driving Impairment By Other Drugs

Module 7 – Emergencies
Emergency Manoeuvre
Controlling a Skid
Avoiding Collisions
Wheel Drop-Offs
Tire Blowout

Module 8 – Conclusion
Final Exam

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 6-7 hours.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC)- Online