Driving through a pandemic is stressful enough for America’s truck drivers. There are regulatory changes, shippers changing policies, reduced access to driver lounges and even vending machines. It’s a lot to deal with while also trying to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
Transportation training company Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI) is offering a free online course for drivers on COVID-19 safety. COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know helps drivers understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, how it could affect their work and safety, and steps to keep themselves and others safe.
“Hauling critical supplies across North America every day, professional truck drivers are on the front lines of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. James Voorhees, president and CEO of ITI. “It is vital that they know how to protect themselves and others, which is why ITI is offering COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know free of charge. This information will help stem the spread of the virus and keep drivers safe during this critical time.”
COVID-19: What Drivers Need To Know covers the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the symptoms of the coronavirus, ways to prevent its spread and what to do if you get sick. It also addresses driver-specific concerns, including:
- Cleaning or avoiding high-touch areas inside and outside the vehicle
- Important regulatory changes like Hours of Service and CDL expirations
- Operational concerns like shipper closures
- Reminders to avoid distracted driving and manage stress in challenging times
- Lifestyle changes such as reducing contact in driver lounges, break rooms and at vending machines
The course is available in Sentix LMS for current ITI clients. Clients can log in to Sentix to assign, track and report on the course and to access it on iOS or Android device. For non-clients, the course available as a free video to the general public without the mastery-based quizzes, completion tracking or other Sentix LMS functionality.
This article was originally posted by American Trucker.