Why Simulation Works

Training ideally should focus on how people think while they drive and then add appropriate interventions on vehicle control.

Studies confirm that 80% of collision incidents are a result of poor decision making. Despite this, most traditional driver training focuses on learning how better to control the vehicle. Training ideally should focus on how people think while they drive and then add appropriate interventions on vehicle control. This allows the training to address the key causes of collisions. Simulation-based training allows the focus to move to the decision making process first, then to the mastery of vehicle control. Therefore, to take advantage of technology, a simulator training plan should be carefully constructed and sequenced to reinforce specific driving behaviors and skills.

A major advantage of simulation training is that it allows trainees to have hands-on experience managing different driving challenges.  L-3 offers a simulation based training platform leveraged with targeted curriculum. The L-3 driving simulator technology delivers a realistic driving experience with a range of vehicle types, allowing trainees to build their skill base with varying vehicle dynamics. In addition, the ability to place trainees in realistic geographical environments and driving situations allows trainees to accelerate their skill base in a risk-free setting. Simulator-based training allows for continual reinforcement of the training curriculum and consistent repetition of key training areas.

• Creates specific situations that target skill development and self-awareness.
• Can safely present the trainee with increasingly challenging situations that increase better situational awareness and self-awareness.
• Enhances high transfer of learning.
• Allows students to practice and rehearse dangerous situations in a safe environment.

Simulation-based training offers the client a standardized approach plus the value of customizable simulation scenarios designed to address specific learning objectives. The curriculum plan consists of individual modules that focus on one of several key aspects of commercial driving—all designed to improve foundational defensive and decision based driving skills. The instructor’s approach will include mastery of basic skills first and then gradually move students to more complex driving scenarios and finally, evaluate skills using a simulation based assessment tool.


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