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DDC Professional Truck Drivers Train-the-Trainer

For more than 20 years, the National Safety Council DDC-Professional Truck Driver (PTD) program has been the most comprehensive training of its type, giving professional truck drivers defensive driving techniques that help them avoid collisions, injuries and violations and teach personal responsibility for their driving decisions. DDC-PTD offers the most up-to-date training for different industries and classes of vehicles and conforms to all current US DOT standards based on The Large Truck Crash Causation Study announced by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This program can be easily modified to address any company’s specific equipment, driver issues and policies.

Topics covered in DDC-PTD

Throughout the 6 or 4-hour course, participants learn how to recognize both potential and immediate hazards, how to avoid collisions in a variety of driving conditions, and how to choose safe and legal driving behaviors. The course addresses multiple defensive driving concepts and strategies. Participants are engaged through group activities, discussions and self-awareness oriented instruments that relate to their driving behaviors. Content covered in this course include:

  • How driver fatigue/stress affects operating a large truck
  • Proper vehicle maintenance and inspection
  • Steps for completing a Moral Responsibility Checklist
  • How to deal with changing driving condition and hazards
  • Identify physical/mental driver conditions that affect driving performance
  • Identifying blind spots, safe following/stopping distances, lane management and backing safely
  • Explain and demonstrate the three-step DDC Collision Prevention Formula

Training goal

The DDC-PTD Train-the-Trainer course will teach you to be a thorough and versatile facilitator and provide you with the skills, knowledge, and materials to successfully teach the course. Our instructor will show participants how to determine the needs of the audience, improve classroom participation and interaction, handle objections, use activities effectively, and more.

Who should attend?

This DDC-PTD Train-the-Trainer course is for facilitators, fleet and safety managers, driving school instructors who want to develop or enhance their instructional skills and improve the effectiveness of their overall training delivery.

Take the program with you

Not only do you learn how to teach DDC-Professional Truck Driver, but you also receive the course materials you need to get started with the program back at your facility. Course Materials include:

  • Fully-scripted Instructor Manual
  • Instructor PowerPoint Presentation on CD
  • 12-month video lease featuring Hazard Recognition, Lane Management, The Gift, Tough Target and In Your Own Words (Videos on DVD)*
  • (12) Participant Course Guides**
  • (12) Completion Record Cards**
  • Injury Facts publication on CD

*Videos included in your DDC-PTD Facilitator Kit are property of the National Safety Council and must be renewed annually. Lease holders receive automatic updates and free replacement of worn or damaged DVDs only.

**Additional Participant Course Guides and Completion Record Cards can be purchased separately.

Pricing and course time span may vary at some locations, as indicated. Contact the Administering Office directly for additional information.

DateLocationAdministering office 
August 11, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Chapter
(602) 264-2394
September 16, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Chapter
(602) 264-2394
November 4, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Chapter
(602) 264-2394

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