CVSA, insurer team up for online airbrake program

WASHINGTON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in association with Zurich Services and Interactive Driving Systems, has completed the development of an online airbrake training program to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety across North America.

The online training program, called Virtual Risk Manager — Airbrakes, responds to the recommendations identified in a March 2006 U.S. government study that found brake deficiencies are a factor in nearly 30 percent of all serious truck crashes that involve a fatality or injury.

According to CVSA — a group made up of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican safety officials — the findings show that brake training is essential to increase drivers, mechanics and roadside safety enforcement officer’s knowledge of airbrake systems.

“Drivers, inspectors and mechanics require reliable and readily available information to assist in developing proficiency and skills,” said Collin Mooney, CVSA, director of Enforcement Programs. “When it comes to these systems, we need to increase awareness of the unique and special characteristics of airbrake systems.”

The online program leverages the use of multimedia technology to help drivers, mechanics and safety enforcement officers understand the workings of airbrake systems. The program delivers virtual training based on recognized sources from industry experts, and contains the recommendations made in the February 2006 National Transportation Safety Board report on the adjustment of automatic slack adjusters.

The program is an interactive experience with instructional animations and a narrator to guide users through the program. At every step, users will have access to interactive exercises to help them master the concepts and practicalities of working with airbrake technology and is structured to cater to all levels of experience and education.

Users begin with a ‘Training Needs Analysis’ designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in the users’ knowledge. In the final assessment, every user takes a 50-question knowledge check that confirms their mastery of the entire subject and generates a certificate of completion for their employers training records.

For more information, visit and enjoy free access to the Airbrake Challenge to determine if your drivers,
mechanics or enforcement officers would benefit from the program.

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