One of CarriersEdge’s most popular and important online training courses for keeping truck drivers safe is now available in Spanish. The Defensive Driving training suite includes one full two-hour course covering the traffic, road and weather challenges that truck drivers face every day, as well as seven refresher modules on specific topics.
The original course and the new Spanish-language versions were developed by CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry. As with other courses in the CarriersEdge library, the Defensive Driving training modules use animation, video demonstrations, real-world scenarios and interactivity to reinforce the concepts presented, and quizzes and tests to give drivers immediate feedback on how well they understand the material.
“With the trucking industry’s increasing diversity, it’s important that all drivers have access to the latest in best practices for safe operations, and to have that training in a language they’re most comfortable communicating in,” said Jane Jazrawy, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of CarriersEdge.
The National Hispanic Transportation Alliance notes that more than 3 million of the 7.5 million commercial driver’s license (CDL) truck drivers in the United States are of Hispanic heritage, and there are more than 250,000 Hispanic-owned trucking companies operating in the U.S.
Offering training in multiple languages is not only of benefit to drivers, “It’s a very effective way to attract new drivers into the industry,” Jazrawy added. Fleets often use the full course as part of new-driver orientation programs, with the specific-topic modules a part of continuing education and refresher training.
“When you combine Spanish-language training with diverse recruiting and operations staff who can speak more than one language, you have a solid support system for new drivers,” she said. “Having those supports relieves a lot of anxiety on the part of both the drivers and office staff.”
The Defensive Driving course covers the basics as well as handling situations such as turns and curves, backing up, intersections and lane changes. It also helps drivers understand the relationship between speed and space among vehicles on the road.
CarriersEdge already offers training in hours of service (HOS) rules, including a full course and four modules, in Spanish, and is working on a Spanish-language version of its vehicle-inspection training. The Spanish-language courses are included in a CarriersEdge subscription, or can be purchased individually through CarriersEdge partners.
The company has also developed courses in French and Punjabi. All English-language course instructional tools are included in those courses to provide a consistent education experience across the fleet.
CarriersEdge has built a library of more than 70 full-length and refresher/remedial courses on important safety and regulatory topics in trucking, from securing loads to handling hazardous materials. The courses can be taken any time and any place drivers have access to a computer or mobile device and an internet connection, giving them the flexibility to keep up to date with training while traveling or at home. CarriersEdge, which is the first training provider to offer a dedicated mobile app for training, combines those courses with a system of management tools that allows fleet managers to track training efficiently.
Interested parties can learn more or sign up for a free trial of the main CarriersEdge system on its website at www.CarriersEdge.com. They can try the course directly by contacting Support@CarriersEdge.com or 905-530-2430. CarriersEdge offers monthly subscription pricing with unlimited use of its courses for a fixed rate.