Driving-Tests.org Announces Addition of BrowseAloud
Innovation in Driving Education, Driving Practice Test Accessibility
24 OCTOBER 2014, NEW YORK, USA
SummaryDriving-Tests.org, one of the nation’s top sites for driver’s license practice tests, is pleased to announce a new relationship with BrowseAloud, a leader in online accessibility features. The partnership will allow a wide range of individuals with different needs to practice for DMV tests and become safer drivers.
Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, started using accessibility services from BrowseAloud on its website on October 7, 2014. The new service includes tools that will allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.
Accessibility is important to the creators of Driving-Tests.org, as the site is designed to help new drivers, and teenagers particularly, to study state manuals and take driving practice tests based on their DMV exams. The new features provided by working with BrowseAloud will turn the site into an even more advanced learning resource for drivers of all ages. “This is great, since all our practice tests can now be read aloud for those with vision problems, ESL speakers, and those with learning disabilities, like dyslexia,” says site founder Andrei Zakhareuski.
Certain states have adopted stricter testing and safety laws, regarding written languages and eyesight levels, which makes practice much more valuable for those who need to gain familiarity with English driving terms or test their eyesight before a real written exam, or simply those dedicated to ensuring their record as a safe driver.
Browse Aloud was a natural choice for working with Driving-Tests.org. Both organizations work with multiple non-profits. While Browse Aloud is used by the U.S. House of Representatives, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, U.S. Senate, and British Council, Driving-Tests.org partners with several safe driver groups in the U.S. that are committed to accessibility as well, such as the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, Governors Highway Safety Association, National Safety Council, and many more.
“We also have partnerships with hundreds of libraries and schools devoted to creating safe drivers,” says Driving-Tests.org’s PR director, Toria Bodden. “Our partners value accessibility as much as we do, so allowing their thousands of patrons and our millions of visitors to see, hear, and understand the driving practice tests they need is vital.”
Mr. Zakhareuski announced that Driving-Tests.org’s next step would be to gain more library partners interested in using their free services, as well as the site’s new BrowseAloud accessibility features, in order to further the company’s mission of minting new, safe drivers.
"This is great, since all our practice tests can now be read aloud for those with vision problems, ESL speakers, and those with learning disabilities, like dyslexia" Andrei Zakhareuski, Driving-Tests.org Founder
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Driving-Tests.org (DTO) is a part of Elegant E-Learning, Inc., a seven-year old company with a proven track record of revolutionizing and providing free online resources for English teachers and instructors. With our parent company’s site BusyTeacher.org, now in its ninth year of operations as a trusted web presence for teachers worldwide, we aimed to fill a gap in the educational marketplace. Driving-Tests.org is part of a plan to do the same for driver safety by making free permit practice tests written by experts available to anyone who wants to study, along with online copies of official state or province study guides. To help achieve this goal, our company has also created driving permit practice sites for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.
DTO currently partners with over 1,900 public libraries across the United States to make its permit practice tests accessible through the libraries’ computers. The company also has several national non-profit partnerships with the National Safety Council, National Organizations for Youth Safety, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, and the Roadway Safety Foundation. In 2016, DTO’s site had over 16 million unique visitors.