There are so many benefits to driver simulation training, but the most important one is this – it saves lives! That’s because it simulates the conditions of driving a vehicle and tackling difficult driving situations, all while keeping you safe and sound. Some people argue against driver simulation alone and that’s fair enough – it should be combined with real-world driving lessons for the most beneficial learning – but if used appropriately and taken seriously, driver simulation can’t be beaten for improving driving skills and boosting confidence. Here are a few more benefits of driving simulation:
It’s fun but effective!
You get behind the wheel for the first time and you seem to be doing fine, until another vehicle pulls out in front of you and because you don’t yet have the knowledge of what to do in this situation, you crash! If this was a real-life scenario, you may lose your licence, your car or all of your confidence. In a simulation though, you can press the reset button and try it again, this time with the knowledge of what the experience is like and our guidance to help you overcome these types of driving situations.
This makes driving fun and mistakes stress-free. Considering that most young people already associate digital simulations with fun, this is a step-up into gaming with more responsibility. Not many people walk away from the experience thinking it wasn’t entertaining, but they also walk away from it with a better understanding of the real-world environment associated with driving and a much keener understanding of how their driving actions affect that environment.
Dealing with real-world situations that you may not encounter during driver training
Contemporary driving simulators can offer you hundreds of driving situations designed to improve your cognitive skills so that you can handle complex driving conditions. Not only can you learn the very basics, but you can also experience what it’s like to use intelligent and defensive driving to avoid a number of common hazard and collision situations.
Practising these skills on a simulator will improve your reaction time, teach you specific techniques for specific scenarios and make you aware of the possible dangers on the road – knowledge you’ll take with you into real-life situations. You’ll have a safe, secure environment in which to practice driving in unpredictable or dangerous conditions that you’d unlikely encounter in a traditional learning scenario, but could experience at any time after that. That means you’re able to learn from your mistakes risk-free, in a very forgiving way.
Another advantage is that not only can you learn how to maintain proper speeds for instance, but you can also use the simulator like a theoretic learning tool, allowing you to learn about what happens if you are driving too fast in certain circumstances. This is fantastic for young drivers, as speed is one of the primary causes of accidents in their age group. There is no way of replicating these dangerous situations for practice in real life without putting yourself in danger, so the benefits of a simulator in this case are very clear.
Finally, the benefits extend to helping you master all those super-annoying driving tasks that you might be hoping you don’t get tested on. Things like lane changes, parallel parking, 3-point turns and all those other annoying things can be tackled in safety.
Another great thing about simulation is the amount of data that’s gathered during any session. This data is extremely valuable as it not only shows you where your strengths and weaknesses lie, but it can very easily show you how to improve on them. Think about it like this – in traditional driving lesson, you might be told you just applied your brakes too fast. That’s all very well, but it doesn’t offer you much advice in regards to when you should apply the brakes, for how long and how hard.
A simulator can give you this data though, allowing us to guide you on the art of proper braking and letting you know exactly when to brake, for how long and how hard you should apply them for. This immediate feedback helps students adjust right away, which improves their future perception and braking ability.
In fact, research has shown that when students in a simulator are able to see accurate distance measurements and similar, they are better able to self-gauge these measurements in real-life situations. It’s a win-win!
Controlling the conditions
In a traditional driving lesson situation, a learner driver will complete about 15 lessons on average. It’s not hard to see that this is unlikely to give you a very broad range of driving conditions to practice in. A driving simulator can teach you to drive in a huge range of conditions though, from traffic density to weather conditions, time of day and more – the combinations are on tap for you to choose the learning situations you’ll need to succeed.
That means you can practice driving in heavy city traffic if you actually live in the country and vice versa. You can practice driving in the rain at night without risk, or you can simulate a number of dangerous situations and learn how to avoid a collision – all from a safe, comfortable and sheltered seat.
As you can see, there are multiple, far-reaching benefits to simulated driving. If you want to experience these benefits for yourself, contact us today to book in a personalised simulation session.