Don’t be distracted by the big yellow trailer parked at Town Hall for the rest of the month.
It’s a mobile classroom where new drivers will get a crash course in avoiding and coping with distractions, a major cause of motor vehicle accidents. Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation is underwriting the traveling training -- dubbed the “Distractology 101 Tour.”
Two local insurance companies -- the Harrington and Dowling agencies -- are sponsoring the free 45-minute classes in Braintree.
The 36-foot-long trailer is equipped with two simulators equipped with steering wheels, blinkers, gas and brake pedals, and speedometers. The “drivers” take on half a dozen dangerous scenarios shown on wide-screen monitors as they “travel” on country roads and both suburban and urban streets.
The program is based on research by the engineering department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and includes its own vocabulary.
Eating while driving, for example, could lead to a “snackcident.” Texting while driving could lead to a “textident.” And if you’re steering with your knees because your hands are busy texting, then you’re guilty of “sneering.”
More information about the local classes is available by calling 800-331-5126 or 781-848-7652.
Johanna Seltz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.