Cabbies turn instructors

Course presents tips on defensive driving

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Doug Grogan and Bobby O'Toole, both driver managers at Alpine Taxi, will host a course on defensive driving from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today conference room, 1901 Curve Plaza. Tuition is $10.

Grogan and O'Toole were both recently certified to teach the course by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies and the National Safety Council.

"Defensive driving is taught to all of the 75 drivers at Alpine Taxi as well as the public to promote safety here at Alpine Taxi," O'Toole said.

In addition to responding to individual calls, the company meets all of the flights at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, 23 miles west of Steamboat Springs, and runs a regular schedule over two mountain passes to Denver International airport.

Upon completing the course, drivers will be able to identify risky attitudes and behaviors that cause problems on the road, O'Toole said. They'll be able to describe three basic steps in collision avoidance and analyze a collision to determine whether it was preventable.

The course encourages self-examination to help drivers understand whether they routinely engage in risky behaviors, such as taking on other tasks while driving.

Maintaining proper following distances is an important part of defensive driving, O'Toole said. The course helps drivers understand how proper minimum following distances change with speed, loading, road conditions and types of vehicles involved.

For more information and reservations, call 879-2800.

-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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