ELDT & Requirements
Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) Program
Central States Safety & Driver Training’s ELDT Programs meet and exceed the requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations (FMCSR) for Entry-Level Driver Training as required by 49 CFR 380.503. These programs follow the standards for classroom, lab and behind-the-wheel driving times.
Classroom instruction focuses on fundamental basics needed to become an entry level CDL driver. Some topics include basic vehicle operation, rules of the road, vehicle inspections, hours of service/logbooks, whistle blower protections, distracted driving, and human trafficking.
Labs provide hands-on training for the driver enabling them to conduct a proper Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) (pre-trip, en-route, and post trip), proper hooking and unhooking procedures, sliding of tandems and fifth wheels.
Behind-the-wheel training provides the driver with actual hands-on training in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Driver trainees will learn how to maneuver a CMV around tight corners, make proper lane changes, and drive on several types of roads. They will also learn and become proficient in backing and docking.
At the end of this training, Central States Safety and Driver Training (CSS&DT) will administer a Driver’s Evaluation. Upon successful completion of the three-part evaluation, CSS&DT will schedule the necessary CDL Skills tests for the driver trainee to get their CDL License.
A major part of all instruction within this program deals with safety and professionalism of the driver.
- Must have a valid CDL Learners Permit
- Must be at least 18 years old (If you reside in Nebraska). 21 years old if you hold an out-of-state license or you have a Nebraska license and are going to drive across state lines.
- Have a clean driving record for the last 3 years
- Must pass a have a current DOT Physical
- Must pass a drug screen
- Be a citizen of the United States or legal resident alien
- Be able to read, write, and speak the English language
- Be able to understand highway signs, traffic signals, and to respond to law enforcement or other official inquiries