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EATON AND STATE OF MICHIGAN INTRODUCE INNOVATIVE SAFE TRUCK DRIVING PROGRAM

 EATON AND STATE OF MICHIGAN INTRODUCE
 INNOVATIVE SAFE TRUCK DRIVING PROGRAM
 KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In light of increasing public concern over truck safety and truck-related accidents on the nation's roadways, Eaton Corporation (NYSE: ETN) and the state of Michigan's Truck Safety Commission (MTSC) announced today the introduction of the Michigan Center for Decision Driving (MCDD), one of the nation's only all-truck decision driving courses. Located at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, Mich., the MCDD offers a one-day course on decision driving techniques for commercially licensed on- highway truck drivers and truck carriers.
 The MCDD's decision driving course is designed to assist drivers in improving their defensive driving skills by giving them a combination of classroom and hands-on experience. The classroom portion of the one-day session will give drivers a basic knowledge of types of vehicle crashes, causes of vehicle crashes, decision driving principles, and an overview of what the range exercise will entail. The range exercise, which will take place at a newly constructed Jennite-surfaced skid pad, will allow drivers to experience and develop skills in dry and wet braking, skidding and its control, off-road recovery, cornering, serpentine, evasive-action exercises, jackknife control and recovery and factors affecting total stopping distances. Vehicles used in the exercise will include long-vehicle/trailer combinations (which includes doubles and multi-axle "B-train" configurations) and heavy weight vehicles used in a number of road conditions peculiar to Michigan.
 "We are very pleased to be chosen by MTSC to train drivers in defensive driving techniques," said John Mangold, regional training manager for Eaton. "Safety concerns are very important to the trucking industry, and both the state of Michigan and Eaton recognize the importance of retaining truck drivers who possess the professional skills necessary to make proper safety-conscious driving decisions."
 Mangold added, "Although anti-lock brakes and other traction-control devices have helped reduce accidents, studies show that a skilled driver is still the most effective way to avert a skid-related accident. The MCDD will utilize top-notch Eaton Roadranger Training Institute (ERTI) instructors and equipment to improve driver performance and skill by expanding their capacity to look ahead, size up the whole scene, signal their intentions early, plan an escape route, and take decisive action."
 In addition to a new, state-of-the-art track, the program will feature trucks that are specially equipped for simulated accident exercises.
 For more information on the MCDD, contact Eaton Roadranger Training Institute, 2400 North Burdick, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49007, or call 800-325-6733.
 The Michigan Truck Safety Commission (MTSC) was established by legislation in 1988. It is designed to promote truck driver safety education and to support enforcement of motor carrier regulation. The MTSC is funded entirely by fees assessed to the Michigan trucking industry.
 ERTI was established in October of 1988 by the Truck Components Marketing Division of Eaton Corporation. In association with Kalamazoo Valley Community College, ERTI offers comprehensive truck-driving instruction in a unique blend of classroom instruction and direct experience on the driving range, roads and interstate highways.
 In addition to training entry-level drivers, ERTI has recently expanded its program offerings to experienced drivers by offering special preparation seminars for the Commercial Drivers License test. ERTI also offers a two-week accelerated driving course for drivers who have driven only straight trucks, or for those who are returning to the industry as professional truck drivers.
 With 38,000 employees and manufacturing operations in 20 countries, Eaton Corporation is a manufacturer of highly engineered products serving automotive, industrial, commercial and military markets. Principal products include truck transmissions and axles, engine components, electrical equipment and controls. The company's sales for 1991 were $3.4 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Glatus of Eaton Corporation Truck Components Operations - North America, 616-342-3210/
 (ETN) CO: Eaton Corporation; Michigan Center for Decision Driving ST: Michigan IN: AUT TRN SU:


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