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Good Driving Practices Examined During May 25 CONN-OSHA Safety Seminar

For immediate release
April 30, 2010


WETHERSFIELD,  Gotten a bit complacent behind the steering wheel? Perhaps a refresher course to fine-tune those driving habits might not be a bad idea.

Long time motorists, as well as novice drivers, can hone their skills and pick up some new tips during a May 25 Safe Driving course sponsored by the Connecticut
Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA.). The 10 a.m. to noon training session will take place in the agency’s Wethersfield headquarters, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.

“According to the U.S. Department of Labor, work-related crashes are the leading cause of occupational fatalities,” explains CONN-OSHA
Occupational Safety Training Specialist Catherine Zinsser
, who will conduct the session. “Just making small changes in a driver’s behavior behind the wheel often can decrease the likelihood of getting into a motor vehicle accident, and can also increase chances of survival in the event of a collision. The goal of this seminar is to present safe driving techniques and behaviors in an interesting format designed to motivate participants to immediately assess their own actions and behaviors.”

According to Zinsser, the session will focus on four skills that experts have identified as having the most promise of preventing crashes if implemented: 

  • Hazard Recognition – anticipating, recognizing and reacting appropriately to hazards.
  • Speed Management – managing speed so it is right for the given driving conditions.
  • Space Management  -- maintaining a safe space with other vehicular traffic.
  • Vehicle handling – safe vehicle handling skills under a range of road circumstances.

Admission to the Safe Driving class is free, although pre-registration is required. To register for the program, or for additional information, please contact Catherine Zinsser at (860) 263-6942, or via email at zinsser.catherine@dol.gov.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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