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FMCSA sends entry-level driver training rule to White House, final stop before publication

A proposed federal rule set to spell out required minimum training standards for new entrant truck drivers has been sent from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to the White Houses’ Office of Management and Budget for approval. The OMB is the rule’s last stop before publication in the Federal Register.

As this is the proposed version of the rule, the agency will take comment from the trucking industry, stakeholders and the general public for 60 days following the rule’s publication. The rule has not been made public yet, so what it will require of drivers and carriers is not yet known.

The rule was produced via a so-called “negotiated rulemaking,” meaning a committee of drivers, fleets, regulators and other industry stakeholders met several times to flesh out the basic form of the rule before handing it to FMCSA to finalize and put into the regulatory pipeline.

As reported earlier this year by CCJ, the committee’s key recommendations for the rule included requiring 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training time, establishing a registry of driver training providers and establishing certified curricula for CDL applicants.

The OMB’s rulemaking portal says the White House received the rule Nov. 7. The OMB typically clears rules within 90 days of receiving them. The rule should be published shortly after its clearance by OMB.
Articles by James Jaillet |

Why Living In The Fast Lane Isn't For You

Riding a motorcycle is significantly different from driving a vehicle with four wheels. It gives riders more freedom when it comes to moving around on the road. With a motorbike, you can easily whizz your way through the traffic or take alternate routes. Although there are some advantages to driving a motorcycle instead, it can also be extremely dangerous.

Grim Numbers

Riding can be so thrilling and exciting that, sometimes, people forget the inherent dangers of it. The numbers paint a grim picture of these risks. According to statistics, there were around 5,900 motorbike crash incidents in New York in 2012 alone. A huge chunk of these numbers led to personal injuries, and in some instances, even fatalities.

It is also worth knowing that almost all of these crashes were caused by human factors. Driver inattention is one of the many examples. Aggressive driving, speeding over the limit, and failing to yield right of way also rank high when it comes to the severity of crashes. These cases clearly show how lack of road discipline can easily lead to untoward circumstances, property damage, and loss of life.

In sum, road accidents are easy to avoid, only if those behind the wheel (or on the motor) practice safe driving and observe traffic rules. After all, the road is not for just you alone. You also have the responsibility to look after the safety of those around you.

Discipline is the Key

Risky riders pose a danger to motorists and pedestrians who share the road with them. It is important to know the basics of safe motorbike riding before you even hit the road. Apart from knowing how motor engines work or how to go full throttle, discipline can help a lot.

Here at Commercial Driver Training, we take motorcycle riding safety seriously. We are committed to providing comprehensive training sessions and information about safe motorbike riding. We believe that a proper understanding of the basics can and will save lives. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about driving programs and training.

What Can a Rider Learn at a Motorcycle Course?

Riding a motorcycle can be one of the satisfying things anyone can experience in their lives. The power under their seat, the wind in their hair; there are very few things that can compare to the freedom of the open road on a two-wheeler. But, the motorcycle life isn’t always a smooth one. This is why motorcycle trainers need to teach students about everything they might encounter on the road.

Nothing Like Riding a Bicycle

Motorcycle training schools have rider courses that simulate every single situation that a rider may encounter in their future travels. These include terrain, traffic laws, and maneuvering around boundaries. Riding a motorcycle is nothing like a driving a car or riding a bicycle; there’s too much power involved and it’s hard for beginners to make adjustments, making the course necessary.

The different things riders need to learn to get the full motorcycle experience are balance, speed management, agility, and brake control. Each aspect has its own share of difficulties, and requires the proper focus for each lesson to sink in. This usually means repetitive action until the body conditions all the muscle groups involved know their parts automatically. The courses can make a rider exercise one aspect repeatedly without it getting boring.

Motorcycle Discipline and Fundamentals

Agility is going to be the biggest lesson a motorcycle-riding course can teach students. This means there’s going to be many cones. There’s going to be weaving exercises and turns. Riders need to learn how to weave properly to exercise control over their motorcycles.

Many new riders have a tendency to succumb to the temptation of testing a motorcycle’s acceleration. This isn’t a good idea, as the motorcycle will most likely fly up on its rear wheel and become out of control. This will result in either injury to the rider, or damage to the motorcycle; there are thousands of videos online that display this perfectly.

At Commercial Driver Training, Inc., we have experienced trainers who can give beginners the fundamental skills to make it on the road. From motorcycle courses to forklift training programs, we offer everything an aspiring driver would need. Talk to us today about our classes.

How Helmets Can Save Your Life

Over the years, there have been numerous debates about the life-saving capabilities of motorcycle helmets. Some claim that they may aggravate injuries, while others say that they are practically unnecessary, as riders get injured in different ways.

When you look into these arguments more deeply, you’ll realize that they are full of loopholes. Motorcycle helmets may not be able to protect you from all injuries, but they can reduce the seriousness of damages by almost 70%. Moreover, a protective headgear significantly reduces the likelihood of sustaining a brain injury. That is if you wear it correctly. Provided below are explanations on these claims.

The Way Helmets Work

The impact of the collision determines the fate of your brain. The most basic understanding of how a helmet works is by preventing your skull from being cracked open. That is true, but injuries don’t always go this way. When your head hits a hard surface, the inertia may cause the brain to lean forward against the front wall of your skull and get bruised. Internal bleeding may also happen. The helmet you wear reduces the shock by absorbing the impact, thus, reducing the inertia and ultimately keeping your brain intact and in place. It somehow works like a seatbelt.

Choosing the Right Helmet

When choosing the helmet, don’t just look at the hardness of the shell and the style. The most important thing to look into is the padding and the cushion inside the helmet. Keep in mind that the pad and the cushion vary in thickness. The thicker the padding, the better.

Don’t forget the body structure of the headgear. Full-face types may offer the best protection. As it has a flip-up visor, you will be protected from external elements while travelling, such as gusts of wind and dust. If you’re looking for more convenience and you’re not traveling long-distances, modular and ¾ helmets are the ideal types for you.

Helmets may not reduce the likelihood of accidents, but they can lower your chances of sustaining a brain injury. Wearing them should be your priority, especially if you’re driving commercial motorcycles. To learn more about commercial driving, visit our other pages and contact us today.