Trip Planning Training

Safe and Smart New Driver Training Program

Safe and Smart New Driver Training Program: Trip Planning Training

This course is designed to help CMV drivers learn the five basic steps of trip planning.
The idea behind trip planning is to design the most effective, efficient, safe, and legal route between two points.

A well-thought-out trip plan can mean savings of time and money for drivers and motor carriers. A good plan can also mean a safe trip for the driver and the cargo. If a driver has a solid plan before hitting the road, they’re better able to devote all of their attention to driving.

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the paperwork required for you (the driver), your cargo, and your vehicle
  • Discuss considerations when selecting your route, along with how to read a map and use a global positioning system (GPS)
  • List vehicle and cargo restrictions
  • Describe things you should consider when estimating your trip time
  • List conditions that can affect fuel usage

Safe and Smart New Driver Training Program: Trip Planning

Trip Planning Basics

  • Paperwork
  • Route Selection
  • Reading Maps
  • Online Resources
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Vehicle and Cargo Restrictions
  • Estimating Time
  • Estimating Fuel Usage
  • Selecting Fuel-Efficient Routes
  • Estimating Trip Expenses

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 20 minutes.


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.