Defensive Truck Driving Course

by on January 6, 2015
Posted in Safety

Course objectives: This course aims at acquainting participants with practical defensive driving principles. It also aims at introducing to participants basic chemical safety techniques and how to reduce the risk involved in transporting hazardous chemical products. This, in turn, will reduce truck accidents and improve safety status and profitability of the company.


Who should attend: Truck drivers who pick-up/deliver hazardous chemicals.


Course material: Participants will follow powerpoint presentations, watch DVDs, listen to real-life case studies and participate in workshops. All material will be put in a simple language to suit the education level of truck drivers. A simple handbook called “Defensive Truck Driving Handbook” (which will include a summary of all material presented in the course) will be distributed to all participants for their future referral.


Course duration: Recommended course duration is 12 hours distributed over two days.


Course Outline


  1. General Safety
    • Introduction to safety
    • Hazardous materials
    • Safety competition!


  1. Chemical Safety

2.1 Chemical substances terminology

2.2 How to deal with hazardous materials

2.3 Material safety data sheet

2.4 Safety signs

2.5 Precautions


  1. Traffic Safety in Arabic Countries
    • 1 Safety regulations
      • 2 Traffic accident statistics


  1. Safe Truck Driving

4.1 Seat belts

4.2 Minimizing distractions

4.3 Tire safety

4.4 Truck safety

4.5 Red light passing

4.6 Speeding

4.7 Blind spot

4.8 Dealing with aggressive driving and road anger

4.9 Maneuvers


  1. Traffic Regulations

5.1 Traffic laws

5.2 Traffic signs


  1. Loading Instructions

6.3 Preventing spills

6.4 How to deal with spills


  1. Dealing with Emergencies

7.1 Emergencies on the road

7.2 Dealing with emergencies


Relevant DVDs that can be shown in the course:

  1. Hazardous material management (Channel 1, Australia)
  2. Fire safety and how to deal with fires (Channel 1, Australia)
  3. Traffic safety campaigns (WHO & other sources)
  4. General traffic safety principles (Vagverget, Sweden)
  5. Crash experiments (Vagverget & Volvo, Sweden)
  6. Chemical spills, leak, and cleanup