L-3 MPRI has delivered to truckload carrier Schneider National Inc a custom training system to address distracted driving. The fully interactive lesson, which will be rolled out to Schneider’s fleet of 12,000 drivers in first quarter 2011, is designed to increase driver safety and improve the company’s performance in exceeding new federal safety regulations.
“Distracted driving is a recognized epidemic, accounting for 16% of traffic fatalities in 2009, and we are committed to ensuring our drivers and owner-operators are properly trained in the safest operating practices to combat this rising trend,” said Don Osterberg, senior vice-president of safety for Schneider.
The lesson is designed to play on Schneider’s in-cab mobile computing platform or on a standard Windows workstation, so it may be completed nearly anywhere and anytime convenient to the driver. Comprised of flash video instruction and three checks on learning exercises, it provides up to 30 minutes of training that can be taken all at once or separated into three topic areas. It will be delivered as part of Schneider’s ongoing sustainment training initiative.
A full range of driver distractions are detailed in the course, with an emphasis on those most common to truckload drivers. Content features multiple videos captured from one of Schneider’s L-3 MPRI driver training simulators to illustrate events that are difficult to replicate on the road without putting the driver, the rig, or others at risk. Also featured are in-cab movies filmed at a Schneider training center.
Curriculum, content, and avatar were custom-designed by L-3 MPRI’s instructional system designers to meet Schneider’s specific needs. L-3 MPRI’s trainers employed a combination of computer-based training and video to promote retention and embedded metrics to measure driver performance.