Public Employers' Plan, Inc. (IPEP) has long recognized that
driving-related accidents are an area of significant claims loss
for Indiana employers. Driving-related accidents for IPEP members
total in the millions of dollars and have comprised 12% of overall
member losses since the inception of IPEP. After 18 years of paying
claims losses for Indiana governmental entities, IPEP embarked on
an ambitious effort to reduce driving-related accidents and
increase the overall wellness of its members' employees.
We started causing accidents. Simulated accidents, that is.
How does the training work? IPEP members provide a space on
their lot for our 36' gooseneck trailer. We can take the trailer
anywhere, making it accessible to even the most remote region of
the State. IPEP's plan was to bring the training to the member,
thus increasing Program participation and potentially increasing
the overall impact of this cost-saving and life-saving Program.
Participants are guided through their training session which
takes place with a state-of-the-art simulator designed and
manufactured by the same company that builds the famous Link Flight
Simulator used by both military and civilian flight schools. The
simulator is set up with a car seat for police and ambulance
situations or a truck seat for firefighter training. Exercises
include obstacles such as sun glare, unheeding drivers, or blind
The Program currently trains approximately 1,600 drivers each
year. The total capacity of the Program is increasing each year as
gains are made in Program recognition, improved scheduling methods,
and increased staffing.
Scheduling is currently accomplished by email or by calling
765-252-3028. In the coming months, scheduling capability will be
added to the IPEP website.