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NTSI Launches Van Safety Curriculum to Help Prevent Rollover Deaths

June 29, 2004

TUCSON, AZ — Drivers of multi-passenger vans assume decidedly different responsibilities than standard automobile drivers, harnessing a unique set of skills required to keep passengers safe. However, the recent spike in injuries and deaths due to van rollovers suggests widespread ignorance about this important distinction, and the National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) has responded.The NTSI recently unveiled a 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 and underscores the federal requirement for drivers to hold a "CDL Class C" license, 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, NTSI president. “Driving fully loaded vans with bare minimum driving skills is no different than 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. Founded in 1974, NTSI has trained millions of people across the country to be safer drivers. It remains the nation's oldest and largest traffic safety program.

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