Test the proper procedures for operating snowplows. There are two stages, a walk-around test and a driving test. Before jumping in, it's important to ensure it's safe to drive. The checklist in walk-around mode evaluates your level of safety knowledge. Then begin your route on the highway where you'll have to respond correctly to stop signs, railroad crossings, traffic and wildlife. Scoring is based on: twenty-three individual checks during the walk-around, the percentage of snow cleared, if you come to a complete stop at stop signs & train tracks, plow position at bridges & train tracks, mirror checks, and vehicle speed around wildlife.
This course is administrated by the snowplow instructor to enhance the curriculum. The instructor creates user accounts before starting the simulations; users then wear headsets in a prop snowplow cab. Users will then drive a simulated snowplow around a route of highway while respecting proper procedure of blade position, vehicle speed and sand dispersal.
The cab features a life-sized snowplow steering wheel, a snowplow joystick and pedals for gas and brakes. During the course's driving stage, the user controls the snowplow using these controls. The joystick comes from a proper snowplow; it has 3-degrees-of-freedom analog input, six function buttons and a safety trigger. The positions of the controls match the layout of a standard snowplow cab. The joystick supports all standard snowplow joystick functionality: blade activation (left, right and front), trigger-press to engage blade hydraulics and an emergency function that raises all the blades. Movement of each control is replicated in the virtual world. Trainees will learn the function and layout of commands in the snowplow cab in a hazard-free environment.