General Motors continues to make training available for its large van consumers. For several years, Coaching Systems® LLC, which designed a unique course for GM large van consumers, has teamed up with GM to offer training at a 40 percent discount to GM?s large van consumers. This training is designed to reinforce information that may be helpful for drivers of large vans.

Coaching Systems developed this course for GM?s large van consumers, building on van driver training that started in 1991 in conjunction with the National Safety Council. This web-based interactive coaching course reviews topics of interest to drivers of large vans:

A comparison of large vans versus typical passenger vehicles to review differences in vehicle design and potential implications for drivers, passengers, and other road users;

Information to aid large van drivers in assessing a variety of urban and rural traffic situations, including appropriate driver actions;

Basic vehicle inspection and maintenance highlights, with emphasis on maintaining proper tire pressure;

Reinforcement of a driver?s responsibilities regarding appropriate restraint use for all occupants and driver attentiveness on the driving task.

The training uses both web access and a CD, which contains the course videos. This approach enables interactive training using a ?coaching? approach: overview, key objectives and messages, video illustration recorded from a driver?s viewpoint integrated with each key message, interim review tests, summaries to reinforce key messages, and a final test with repeated reinforcement of key messages.

Customers may purchase the training directly from Coaching Systems. GM?s large van drivers access the training through GM?s website at http://www.gmfleet.com/sitemap/stabi...tabiliTrak.jsp , which redirects consumers to the Coaching Systems site for purchase at https://secure.learnitcampus.com/gmorder/ .

The training content also is intended to enable drivers and occupants to optimize the safety technologies in GM?s large vans. In the 2008 model year, GM made further enhancements to the safety features on our large vans by providing the following safety technologies as standard equipment on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana 12- and 15- passenger vans: StabiliTrak, GM?s Electronic Stability Control system; Tire Pressure Monitoring System; side curtain head impact air bags; Enhanced Technology Glass; and three-point lap-should safety belts in all seating positions.