CDL-179: Tractor-Trailer Driving Lab

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Business & Economics
Commercial Drivers License
Academic Level
Course Subject
Commercial Driver License
Course Number
Course Title
Tractor-Trailer Driving Lab
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
CDL-177, CDL-178, CDL-190, CDL-195
Catalog Course Description

Provides practical instruction and hands-on operation of tractor-trailers at a closed driving range. Topics include specific driving maneuvers such as turns, intersections, stop and start, curves, railroad crossing, gear usage, and rigs. Safety procedures are demonstrated and practiced. Course builds on learning objectives in CDL-177 and CDL-178.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To build upon the instruction and materials presented in CDL-167 and CDL-168 by extending the practical instruction to range driving using a variety of rigs and standard safety practices.

Core Course Topics
  1. Road skills
  2. Vehicle pre-trip inspection
    • Perform pre-trip inspections.
  3. Vehicle coupling/uncoupling
    • Couple and uncouple vehicles.
  4. Vehicle shifting
    • Properly shift vehicles (Bobtail only).
    • Properly shift vehicles pulling trailers.
  5. Basic skills maneuvers
    • Perform basic forward stop maneuvers.
    • Perform basic straight-line backing maneuvers.
    • Perform basic right hand turn maneuvers.
    • Perform 90 degree alley dock maneuvers.
  6. Park vehicles and perform post-trip inspection
    • Properly park vehicles.
    • Perform post-trip inspections.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed through tests, quizzes, in-class activities, and outside assignments.


Required course materials on file in department office.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2017
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date