Learning how to drive a motor vehicle is one of the most important aspects of you or your teenager’s lives. In American public schools, you’ll learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. Sadly, most schools these days won’t teach you how to drive. Because car accidents are a leading cause of death, and the teenage driver demographic is one of the highest among these, it’s hard to believe you have to seek outside instruction and training for perhaps the most dangerous thing your teen driver will do. But that’s the world we live in today, and so we must find solutions.
Simulation is Not Really a New Concept
As your teenager is eager to get out there, drive with friends, or drive to work; in-car student driver training will certainly help before your youngsters seriously hit the highways. The issue with this, however, is that you’re getting behind the wheel and entering into a volatile driving situation with little, if any prior knowledge or experience doing so. If you are an airline pilot, you rely heavily on flight simulators before taking to the airways and assuming responsibility for the lives of your passengers and crew. Driving is no different. Here’s a closer look at how they work.
A Safer Student Driver Model for You and Your Family
Not only will a driving simulator give your teenager a safe way to practice before hitting the highways, many simulation platforms will provide instant feedback that is not possible with a driving instructor. If your teenager has ever played a racing video game, driving simulations have many similarities. The big difference is, real life is not a video game, and it’s important to learn as much as you can before getting the keys and driving.
How Do They Work?
Some driving simulators even provide grades based on motor vehicle traffic laws, instilling a much-needed sense of defensive driving skills before even starting a real engine. For instance, if your teenager accidentally runs a simulated stop sign, swerves the vehicle, or makes an illegal lane change, the software will give alerts in the least distracting way possible. Most driving simulators have settings that can save these alerts until the end of the particular exercise in order to minimize outside interference and promoting as much focus on the road and other cars as possible. One of the biggest challenges for your teen driver will be other people – other drivers, friends sending texts, and so on. Top driving simulators will even have random pop-up images of mobile phones sending texts, testing your teenager’s ability to ignore the device until safely parked.
You should develop a model of both driving simulators and real-life driving before sending your teenager off for a driver’s test. With this technology, we can all work together to reduce the amount of auto fatalities and increase the safety of all motorists.