Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) (8 hours)

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What distinguishes a professional driver from anyone else with a driver’s license? Professional driver training. Safety Coordination Services offers Canada Safety Council’s Professional Driver Improvement Courses (PDIC) to workers in the transportation industry, allowing for safer drivers, better driving skills, and an opportunity for demerit point reductions.

Participants in our professional driver courses will learn:

  • The fundamental elements of professional driver attitude, and strategies for mitigating and controlling “road rage” situations, encounters with hostile drivers, and points of best practice when interacting with traffic law enforcement.
  • Road hazards, their nature, and strategies for their recognition and control. How to respond to road hazards, and what techniques are proven most effective in saving lives during emergency situations.
  • Pre-Trip Inspections: How to properly plan, execute, and support a pre-trip inspection, and what to look for when performing the inspection. Also included are the legislational and regulatory requirements that govern pre-trip inspections on federally controlled highways.
  • Load securing: How to safely and properly secure loads to a transport vehicle, ensuring the safety of the general public, the driver, and the cargo.
  • Effects of Driver Fatigue: Techniques for recognizing driver fatigue, and strategies to avoid or minimize these effects. Driver exhaustion is a critical cause of driver-error collisions, and is investigated and prosecuted vigorously in post-accident investigations.
  • Collision Avoidance: The techniques for emergency stops, swerves, shunts, and regaining control in emergency situations. Our PDIC course will focus not only on collision avoidance, but also strategies for minimization of human casualty in the event of an unavoidable motor vehicle collision.
  • Effects of Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs: Many medications, prescribed or over-the-counter, can affect a driver in unexpected ways. While drowsiness is the most common concern, other side-effects that may hinder a professional driver include irritability, light sensitivity, dizziness, or loss of focus. Some may cause a driver to fail a drug test, and still others are prohibited entering or leaving the United States or Mexico, affecting cross-border trucking. Our PDIC course will cover the most common chemical culprits, but will also explore research strategies for professional drivers to determine if new medications may interact or affect their ability to drive in a safe, focused manner.

Eligible drivers may provide their PDIC certification to Alberta Transport to receive up to 3 demerit points deducted from their driving record. Check with Alberta Transport to see if you are eligible for this benefit.
Professional driving is much more than the ability to simply get a truck from Point A to Point B. Professionals of any trade require professional development, support, and training to excel in their vocations. Sign up for our Professional Driver Improvement Courses and become a better, safer, and more professional transport professional.


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