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NTSI Launches Van Safety Curriculum to Help Prevent Rollovers

June 28, 2004

Drivers of multi-passenger vans assume decidedly different responsibilities from drivers of standard automobiles, requiring unique skills to keep passengers safe. However, the recent spike in injuries and deaths due to van rollovers suggests widespread ignorance of this important distinction, and the National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) has responded. NTSI recently unveiled its new multi-passenger van driver safety curriculum, currently being rolled out in classes throughout Arizona. Scheduled for expansion to the 25 other states served by NTSI and its agent licensees, the program covers all aspects of van safety, including unique blind spots, significant weight differences, defensive driving techniques, vehicle inspection protocol, and altered centers of gravity when loaded. It also covers the driving differences between a van and a standard automobile, as well as underscoring the federal requirement for drivers to hold a "CDL Class C" license, a stipulation often overlooked by van operators. The curriculum is provided via DVDs, videotape, and a training manual. "Our research suggests that individuals who are operating multi-passenger vans are not getting the specialized training they require," stated Paul Hallums, president of NTSI. "Driving fully-loaded vans with bare minimum driving skills is no different from giving the pilot of a small Cessna the keys to a commercial jet," he continued. "We must empower drivers with the tools they need to get their passengers to their destinations safely." Course locations and schedules can be obtained by contacting NTSI at (866) 346-3283.
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