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United Rentals Launches Driver Training Program

April 14, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - United Rentals, Inc. (URI) and L-3 MPRI kicked off a driver safety initiative designed to improve and promote safety among United Rentals drivers on April 14.

Led by fleet manager Cathy Crewson, United Rentals ranked #38 on the Top 300 Commercial Fleets and #25 on the Top 100 Truck Fleets listings in 2009, operating more than 7,400 vehicles.

L-3 MPRI provides airport ramp, ground vehicle, and maritime simulator products, as well as training services and turnkey training facilities.

The year-long program, which began last month, will train 4,250 drivers at approximately 70 locations across the United States and Canada. 

MPRI's mobile training facilities comprise two trailers, each containing two TranSim VS IV driver training simulators and classrooms. They are dispatched to United Rentals facilities where instructors guide students through a two-hour course on close-quarter maneuvering and distracted driving.  

The custom curriculum was developed by workforce education experts to meet the unique needs of United Rentals' CDL and non-CDL drivers. The course challenges drivers to be aware of surroundings and demonstrate finely tuned skills in maneuvering vehicles within close quarters. Drivers also practice following detailed instructions while performing complicated vehicle maneuvers. Scenarios such as receiving cell phone calls and text messages, navigating with a map binder and drinking hot beverages are incorporated into the simulated experience to highlight the hazards of common drive-time activities.  

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