SmartDriver for Highway Trucking online training

The SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) online training is now available. FleetSmart, the federal government’s online resource, offers free and practical training to reduce fuel consumption, operation costs and harmful vehicle emissions.

What is SmartDriver for Highway Trucking training?

SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) is a free driver training program to help truckers and trucking companies reduce fuel use, cut costs, increase profits and improve competitiveness. Transportation accounts for nearly a quarter of all GHG emissions in Canada. Fuel-efficient driving techniques reduce fuel consumption and help Canada meet its climate change goals.

In fact, SDHT training combined with advanced equipment can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 35%— a significant saving, given today’s fuel prices.

Moving ahead efficiently

The online course focuses on energy-management factors within a driver’s control, such as idling, start and stop techniques, progressive shifting, trip planning and maintenance.

Participants gain greater knowledge of fuel-saving driving techniques that can be put into practice immediately.

Those who complete the training with a mark of at least 80% receive a certificate of achievement.


What training is available to you?

SDHT offers a flexible suite of online, in-classroom and on-road training materials geared to the needs of drivers in training, fleet drivers and owner-operators. 

SDHT training has three components that can be used individually or together in a blended learning approach:

SDHT Online  

A self-study web-based training program for individual drivers. There are three learning streams:

  • SDHT Owner-operator serves drivers who own their own tractors;
  • SDHT Fleet Driver supports drivers-in-training and those who drive for employers; and
  • SDHT Fundamentals delivers a brief SmartDriver refresher. 

SDHT Classroom

Provides fleet Master Trainers with materials to deliver 26 lessons in four modules. The course highlights fuel-efficient driving techniques that help improve safety and conserve fuel. SDHT Classroom also examines vehicle care and inspection routines that maximize truck efficiency.

SDHT On-road Practicum

Teams drivers with professional driving instructors so they can apply SDHT learning in the cab. Delivered on the road or in a simulator (if available on company premises), the practicum assesses driver performance before and after SmartDriver training to measure the effectiveness of the curriculum.

Contact us

Office of Energy Efficiency
580 Booth Street
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E4
Telephone: 343-292-6356
Fax: 613-995-8961



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