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April 13, 2012

Safety

Accident Avoidance Training Course also meets motorist requirements

An approximately one-hour, online Accident Avoidance Training Course meets the requirement for motorists operating government or General Administration Services vehicles, said Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager.

Eddy said he wanted to clarify the information and the advantages of the one-hour online course and the four-hour Directorate of Logistics (DOL) Defensive Driving classroom instruction so installation personnel needing the training can make the best decision to suit their schedules and their need for this information. (See related story in the March 23, 2012 issue of The Real McCoy.)

The one-hour course and the four-hour Defensive Driving Course offered through the Fort McCoy Directorate of Logistics both meet the requirement to have this training as defined in Army Regulation 380-10, the Army Safety Regulation, he said. Personnel completing the one-hour online course at the Army Readiness Combat/Safety Center website or the DOL Defensive Driving Course both receive a certificate valid for four years.

The one-hour course is available on the Fort McCoy Corporate Network or at the website https://safety.army.mil/training/ARMYACCIDENTAVOIDANCECOURSE/tabid/982/Default.aspx.

“It used to be the only choice you had was to take the four-hour Defensive Driving Course,” Eddy said. “But the Army Safety Regulation specifically states (section 11-7. Driver education (HSPG Number 4)) you can complete an online accident-avoidance course as part of the licensing procedure.”

The training includes mishap risk management of composite risk management, personal responsibility, driving hazard awareness, defensive driving techniques, accident avoidance and motorcycle safety. Eddy said personnel completing the one-hour, online course through the Army Readiness Combat/Safety Center receive a certificate valid for four years — the same as for the Defensive Driving Course.

Both programs have their advantages, Eddy said. The one-hour online course covers the basic information and can be taken at a workstation computer, offering employees more scheduling flexibility.

The four-hour Defensive Driving Course must be scheduled through DOL and taken at a specified time and location. Eddy said this course teaches the information in a more in-depth manner and has an instructor available for questions or explanations.

For more information about the online Accident Avoidance Training Course, visit the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website or call the ISO at 608-388-3403.

For more information about the DOL Defensive Driving Course, call 608-388-8081.

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