The first step in crash prevention is to effectively manage the one thing you have complete control over … your own vehicle.
Vehicle Stability and Control (VSC) training addresses the knowledge and skills necessary for drivers to maintain control of their own vehicle, in any roadway condition. Drivers who have the ability to maintain control of their own vehicle, under any conditions, greatly decreases the probability of being involved in a crash.
In the state of Idaho, loss of vehicle control, resulting in lane departure, is one of the primary crash causes, resulting in serious injury and death (Idaho Transportation Department).
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) uses the speed sensors on each wheel and the ability to brake individual wheels that are the basis of anti-lock brakes. ESC adds a control unit that monitors steering wheel angle and vehicle rotation around the vehicle's vertical axis. This unit uses the steering and rotation information to detect that the vehicle is about to travel in a direction different from the one indicated by the steering wheel position. Then ESC automatically brakes the appropriate wheel to help the driver maintain control. In many cases engine power also is reduced.
NOTE: All model year 2012 vehicles under 10,000 lb gross vehicle weight are equipped with ESC.
This explanation of ESC was taken from safercar.gov.
If you do not understand this explanation, you are not alone. We now have added technology (ESC) that may help save many lives on our nation’s roadways. However, the individual driver must have an understanding of how ESC works as a practical matter, because it does not drive your vehicle for you. Four wheel drive; all wheel drive; and antilock brakes were also technologies that enhanced vehicle safety, and people still crashed because their strategies while using these technologies was improper. Our VSC courses include the use of ESC, so drivers gain knowledge of how ESC works, its effectiveness, and its limitations.
The Driver Development Center at LCSC Workforce Training was established in 2010 and has trained teen drivers, families, private companies and federal, state, county and local government employees. We have trained drivers from as far away as Spokane WA and Montana. We provide continued driver development training beyond traditional driver education and the individual’s experience.
Continued driver development training is not necessarily the improvement of a driver’s physical skills, but is focused on the mental aspects of safe driving and crash prevention. Those mental aspects include driver responsibility, use of eyes to observe the driving environment, using proper driving strategies, techniques and the knowledge of how and why loss of vehicle control occurs. Motor vehicle safety is a thought process of eliminating risk, and proper training is a key component to reducing that risk.
Today, individuals, families, businesses and government agencies are taking steps to reduce risk through continued education. They are training in our Vehicle Stability and Control training program.
LCSC Workforce Training
North Lewiston Training Center - 1920 3rd Avenue North - Lewiston, Idaho 83501
Phone: 208-792-2388 Toll Free: 800-879-0452 Fax: 208-792-2680