The one-day, hands-on Safe Driver seminar offered by the Alabama Traffic Safety Center is a four- phase program incorporating classroom, simulation, driving range, and skid pad instruction. Classroom sessions present a philosophy of safe driving highlighting a number of risk factors associated with vehicle crashes. Risk management, crash avoidance, and advanced defensive driving concepts are also taught. The classroom session can be modified to include training on inherent risks specific to the employee’s driving task. Time is also spent on current trends and issues which create risk in the modern driving environment. Advanced defensive driving concepts are reinforced through the use of driving simulation units. These simulation units present real world driving scenarios in a controlled and safe setting.
The one-day format allows for increased interaction during the classroom and simulation segments of the course, while also allowing the student maximum behind-the-wheel time on the driving range. Students drive Alabama Traffic Safety Center vehicles through a series of performance exercises in which vision, vehicle control, and crash avoidance skills are sequentially practiced.
The use of a skid pad is incorporated into the afternoon session. Students are instructed in proper skid correcting measures, then experience skids in the Traffic Safety Center’s specially equipped vehicles. By participating in skids, students and the instructor know if the requisite skid control skills have been learned. The hands-on experience provided by this activity stays in the student’s memory long after the class is completed.
The Alabama Traffic Safety Center has adapted the Safe Driver seminar to serve the specific needs of the agriculture, forestry, utility, municipal, law enforcement, emergency medicine and general business sectors. Seminars can be tailored to assist with the driving demands inherent to the vehicle and occupation.