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Master Driver: Rural Driving - Online Training

Course Overview

  • Helps drivers recognize and deal with the unique set of hazards they normally don't contend with when driving on interstate highways
  • This program covers:
    • Sharing the road with school buses, farm equipment, and horse-driven buggies
    • Tips for handling high-risk situations
    • Specific driving strategies for safer rural driving
    • Negotiating passing lanes and passing
    • How to avoid falling into routine or pattern driving
    • And more
  • Course keeps your drivers' attention with dramatic footage, dynamic graphics, 3-D animation, hazard perception challenge scenarios, and "Road Wise" commentary from seasoned transport pros.


  • Introduction - Explains the need to re-visit rural driving basics, because nearly twice as many traffic fatalities occur in rural areas than anywhere else.
  • Rural Driving Defined - Discusses that rural driving presents different hazards and requires a different mindset and a different approach to defensive driving than interstate or city driving.
  • Getting Ready to Drive - Reviews the critical need to complete a pre-trip vehicle inspection, what should go into planning your route, and checking cargo securement.
  • What to Avoid En Route - Discusses vehicle breakdowns, highway hypnosis and pattern driving, and how to deal with each.
  • Common Rural Hazards
    • Driving - Covers speed & space management issues specific to driving in rural areas.
    • Passing - Covers passing, being passed and designated passing lanes.
    • Slow-Moving Vehicles - Covers how to safely deal with other road users.
    • Animals - Covers how to avoid risky encounters with wild and domestic animals.
    • In-Cab Distractions - Covers how to avoid becoming a hazard to others.
  • Conclusion - Emphasizes the need to preparing yourself and your vehicle for a safe drive in rural areas.

Approximately 45 minutes


To ensure full course functionality, your computer will need to meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Windows XP operating system, or later
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Video card and monitor capable of a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 and higher for PC / Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and higher for PC / Google Chrome 17 and higher for PC. If using a Mac desktop or laptop, Safari, Chrome and Firefox typically work, however it is advised you install the latest version of Flash. We do NOT support iPad/iPhone/Android-based tablets and devices at this time.
    • Pop-up blockers must be disabled
    • JavaScript must be enabled
    • Flash Player 10, however the latest version is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
    • Cookies must be allowed
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher
  • Broadband or company-provided Internet connection


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