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Check yourself before you wreck yourself

Friday, February 1, 2008

A free online training program for young drivers, developed by UMass' own Human Performance Laboratory, is now available for download.

To view the program, click here, and then click on the link for "Younger Drivers." You will get the pleasure of driving the simulator's Saturn sedan on a virtual course right on your computer, which is clearly more fun than driving an actual Saturn.

The team putting the program together was headed by Donald Fisher, director of the Human Performance Lab and a professor in the engineering department. The "Risk Awareness and Perception Training Program," as it's officially called, was created using analysis of police crash reports. Data has suggested that young drivers tend to lack the basic skills needed to avoid crashes, especially the knowledge of where to look for possible dangers. Check out this program and you'll most likely end up saving yourself some money on your car insurance premiums...Maybe even more than you would have saved by switching to GEICO.
posted by Collegian Staff, 4:01 PM

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