Advantages of the Virage Simulation Truck Simulator for the Trainer

Integrating a truck simulator in a driver training program allows trainers to:

  • Demonstrate, teach, practice and evaluate every aspect of the in-vehicle training curriculum
  • Expose learners to a wide variety of road, weather and traffic conditions and dangerous scenarios in total safety, e.g. a deer crossing the highway
  • Adapt training tasks to the each student’s capabilities
  • Control the pace of learning by allowing students to practice and improve skills before driving the truck or progressing to the next level of difficulty
  • Accelerate learning and reduce the amount of practice needed by providing immediate and focused feedback
  • Show instant replays of student performances including overhead views
  • Provide students with feedback unavailable in a real truck (e.g. following interval meter, KE meter, camera angles to show blind zones and improve traffic awareness)
  • Provide students with reliable, objective performance scores
  • Accurately measure progress by comparing individual objective scores with previous scores and group averages
  • Identify slower learners in time to help them keep up with the class by assigning extra solo practice drills
  • Increase the driving challenge for fast learners by adding distractions – internal ones like arithmetic challenges and external ones like traffic hazards
  • Demonstrate the benefits of concepts like defensive or fuel efficient driving
  • Improve the risk perception and anticipation skills of their students
  • Create positive synergies between classroom instruction, simulator training, in-vehicle instruction, and solo practice
  • Improve team work by more effectively coordinating efforts with other trainers
  • Raise students’ expectations regarding success, e.g. success will mean more than simply passing the government road test

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