Interactive Driver Training Unveiled By Operation Lifesaver
Ottawa -- Operation Lifesaver has launched a computer-based training program, “Train to Drive,” to help train new drivers the best way to approach highway/railway crossings. Dan Di Tota, National Director of Operation Lifesaver in Canada said: “Using the newest technology and an interactive design, this new training module will appeal to newly-licensed drivers, and bring the lesson of ‘Look, Listen and Live’ to young motorists across Canada.”
Through consultation with the transportation industries, and those involved in new-driver training, Operation Lifesaver was able to develop the program that complements current driver training. The program utilizes video clips, sound, and presents railway safety information specifically targeted at the 15-24 age groups. The entire program is available on the “Train to Drive” website, at www.traintodrive.net.
Once students have gone through the information, they can take a railway safety quiz. If they score 80 per cent or more, students can print a Certificate of Completion for their driver training instructors.
“This program and quiz is incredibly important, as we are reaching new drivers who are often in the early stages of learning how to drive,” Di Tota said. “By teaching them railway safety this early in the process, we can show how many highway/railway accidents are preventable through caution and common sense.”
Operation Lifesaver hopes the new tool will become a part of driver training curriculum in Canada. In conjunction with the DVD, “Newly Licensed Driver: Safety at Highway/ Railway Crossings, highway/railway safety can be an important facet that is addressed through new driver training in Canada. While the new program is unique, it is not the first time Operation Lifesaver has utilized new technologies. OL launched interactive kiosks in railway stations and museums and has been able to bring their railway safety message to younger audiences. More information about the “Train to Drive” program can be found on the website, at www.traintodrive.net, or at the Operation Lifesaver website, at www.operationlifesaver.ca.
Since its inception in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver has helped reduce highway/railway crossing collisions by 75 per cent, and recorded 44 per cent declines in trespassing incidents. It is co-sponsored by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada, in cooperation with other safety organizations, police and public service groups.
Dan Di Tota