All Florida Safety Institute understands the need for better driver education. What better way to start than with a safe, hands-on learning environment, that allows our students to develop crash prevention skills before they ever start an engine with driving simulation. We give them the driving skills and confidence they need to face the road!
The instruction is personalized for each student and integrates the family, allowing us to facilitate a complete training plan and correct unsafe practices if necessary. Additionally, our programs are designed for students in all stages of the learning to drive process; pre-permit, permit, and newly licensed.
These skills and habits are essential to maintaining the safety of the driver and those around them and are applicable to many situations and environments. Practice includes driving at night, in fog, rain, and snow, and avoiding distracted driving. Practice skills for safe driving before it is too late!
Control-maintaining proper speed, steering, lane changing, and braking
Awareness-proactive attention and sensitivity to other driver’s mistakes on the road
Knowledge – laws, signs, right-of-ways, traffic patterns, and common mistakes
Space management – road and weather hazards, traffic, lane choice, and following distance
Using our driving simulators, students can start training for all types of driving starting at age 14, before the learner’s permit.
Driving simulation has existed for several years. Driving simulation does not change the fundamental nature of driving vehicles and driving schools should not use it as a substitute for the real behind the wheels training. However, it provides many solid benefits that every driving school should consider when developing a training program. Here are five of the main benefits.
First, a driving simulator exposes students to dangerous driving conditions, in realistic virtual environments, that would hazardous to try in the real life. Simulators present some scenarios like avoiding head-on collisions angle and intersection crash and animals entering the highway and other causes of crashes to students. Even more, they allow them to learn the available ways of avoiding collisions or minimizing the impacts. For safety reasons, students can only practise the scenarios in virtual environments. With simulators, students are able to strengthen their learning curve.
This is another big benefit driving simulators provide to students. The simulator records everything a student does during dangerous scenarios. Whether you will make the right decision as a student or a bad one, the driving simulator allows replay of the scene from multiple angles to allow discussion and analysis when necessary. Replay is important after you have made a mistake that causes severe damages.
The instructor goes through the events’ sequence, during replay, while asking the student on why they had to make the decisions. They should also discuss on the other courses of action. After that, the student can repeat the entire scenario and make the right decision.
With driving simulation software, tutors and students can design their scenarios. The available software allows weather, traffic, wildlife, pedestrian and other vehicles control – you can also design the situation to challenge students. A quick example: if you have already seen many intersection crashes within your area during heavy rainfall, you can design scenarios that will immerse your students in the situation. They will make many mistakes without any fatal consequence and avoid similar things in real life.
With a simulator, the student experiences what to expect when driving a real vehicle. In reality, the engine, tires, brakes and environmental conditions can affect training consistency. That is not the case in driving simulators. A simulator has to be housed in a controlled area and all scenarios are programmed. That means that every student has enough time to face decision-making processes. A student can also learn at any time of the day – weather conditions and lighting do not affect the driving.
Simulated practice has aided learners for years in honing their skills to best prepare them for the real world. Although simulations provide strong advantages that are useful to any driving school, it does not change the fundamental nature of driving and should not be used to substitute entirely for real behind the wheel practice. These are the five main benefits of driving simulation that result in the best possible preparation of students:
Simulations allow students to be exposed to dangerous driving conditions that could be hazardous to experience in real life. Unexpected scenarios that the simulator can allow a driver to experience and prepare for without hazard include animals running out into the road, avoiding a head-on collision or intersection crash. Simulations also allow students to learn impact management in the event they are involved in a crash. By simulating instances that would otherwise arise from chance, students can beat the learning curve usually associated with years of experience and chance encounters.
The simulator records everything the student does to allow for real-time playback of the student’s performance. This allows instructors to positively reinforce highlights and to easily correct mistakes at the same time as observing them. This also allows for a different view of the training, as the simulator affords different angles and perspectives to look through. With replay, problems can be corrected even when things “happen too fast.”
Instructors are able to go decision by decision with the driver in reviewing the simulation to understand what the driver was thinking or doing so that in the future this can be changed. The student can then repeat the same scenario in comfort until the desired outcome is achieved.
Instructors are able to fine tune the course and simulation itself to best fit the needs of the student. Factors like weather, pedestrians, wildlife, etc. can be added to challenge the student and condition for the unpredictability of the real world. For example, a student can repeatedly encounter a crash in an intersection during a heavy rainfall until they do not involve themselves in the accident, and any mistakes they do make will not count against them, but rather help push them forward.
Drivers can practice within a simulation at any time of day or in any conditions and still maintain consistency and progress. Things like vehicle make and condition also do not have any affect and allow the student to progress the skills of driving itself without having to deal with hindrances like figuring out where the controls are in a vehicle they will never enter again.
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These advanced programs will get you prepared for a variety of driving including Night Driving, Maintenance, and Vehicle Dynamics, Highway Only as wells as Safety Events and group Hand on Training. These are great supplements to driving programs as well.
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