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Title:Snowplow Simulator Training Study
Author(s):Thomas O'Rourke
Subject(s):Snowplow driving, simulation training, evaluation
Abstract:This report evaluates simulation training of IDOT snowplow operators to improve IDOT snow and ice removal operations. Specifically, it assesses a drivers’ evaluation of snowplow simulation training immediately after training in fall 2009 and again after the snow season in spring 2010. The report includes the supervisors’ assessment of the simulator training after the snow season and a description of conventional training at the district level. Also included are an estimated cost analysis of the simulation training and the estimated cost of behind-the-wheel training, a review of the accident records of snowplow drivers who participated and who did not participate in the simulation training, and a review of reports from other states on simulator training. Results show favorable driver evaluations after the fall training but less positive evaluations after the snow season. Supervisor evaluation of simulation training was generally favorable. As presently conducted, simulation training appears more costly than conventional training. Finally, and consistent with most of the literature, no conclusive findings on driver performance were found when comparing drivers whose training included simulation to drivers whose training did not include simulation. Multiple reasons for this finding are provided in the report. Suggestions for future study are provided.
Issue Date:2011-01
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Transportation ICT-R27-SP15
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-09-30

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