|Snowplow Simulator Training: Potential Fuel & Drivetrain Maintenance Cost Reduction
Co-authored with Mary Kihl, PhD, Donald Herring, Mike Finn, and Peng Yang
Arizona Department of Transportation
The objective of this new 2006-07 research project was to assess the benefits of simulator-based FMDT training in terms of fuel economy and routine repair costs for ADOT's heavy vehicle fleet. The study is focused on the Globe Maintenance District, with the first simulator deployed by ADOT. The Fuel Management/Driving Techniques course was given to all equipment operators in the Globe District in Spring 2006, and also to the District's new drivers in Fall 2006 and Spring/Summer 2007.