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.
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
Be safe on the road before it’s too late. These skills are practiced in a wide variety of driving environments, emergencies, and conditions including night, fog, rain and snow as well as texting and distracted driving.
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.