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Bad weather driver training…online

Bad weather driver training…online

NZ Truck & Driver News

 September 2019   
An online training course to help drivers cope better with driving in bad weather has been launched by TR Master Drive and DT Driver Training.

They say that overseas research shows that around 21% of vehicle crashes are caused by drivers not adapting to poor weather – rain and snow increasing the risk of a crash by 34%. 
Their response is Driving in Difficult Conditions – "the world's most comprehensive online driving course to focus on driving in bad weather."

It covers driving on ice, in snow, fog and smoke, dealing with sunstrike and variable light, high winds, rain and flooding. 
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An online training course to help drivers cope better with driving in bad weather has been launched by TR Master Drive and DT Driver Training.
They say that overseas research shows that around 21% of vehicle crashes are caused by drivers not adapting to poor weather – rain and snow increasing the risk of a crash by 34%. 
Their response is Driving in Difficult Conditions – "the world's most comprehensive online driving course to focus on driving in bad weather."
It covers driving on ice, in snow, fog and smoke, dealing with sunstrike and variable light, high winds, rain and flooding. 
Its content is tailored to drivers of heavy or light vehicles: "Modules also include vehicle dynamics, vehicle checks, route planning, emergency procedures, recognising dangerous situations, cornering and braking, and reading the road ahead."
Drivers can take the training modules at any time, 24/7, on any device. They can repeat modules they don't understand fully and take it at their own pace. They can also track their progress through the modules, and so can their supervisers.
DT Driver Training GM Darren Cottingham says that vehicle crashes "can be devastating for families and businesses. 
"Companies can help their drivers upskill, to have more confidence and improved driving abilities when the weather is challenging."
Master Drive Services GM Neil Bretherton says: "Truck drivers are often exposed to extremely unpleasant road conditions. Giving them the skills to make the right driving decisions keeps them safe, keeps the load safe and helps preserve the vehicle."  

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