Driving schools sometimes use simulators to teach students how to look for things on the road before they take students out for their first real turn in a car. These simulators are modeled after ones used by the military to train pilots and after ones NASA uses to simulate space flight. The simulators all teach important skills that you will need to pass licensing tests. Here are three ways in which driving school simulators help you learn how to drive.
Realistic Simulator Controls Familiarize You with How to Operate a Car
Many driving simulators have a realistic wheel, gas pedal, brake pedal, signal lights and horn. When you strap yourself into the simulator, you quickly become oriented to where most of the controls in a car are located, although different manufacturers may place the shift and signal switch in different areas (e.g., the shift is on the center console rather than part of the steering column). The first thing you do in a simulator is locate where all of your controls are, which is a habit that you will need every time you get into the driver’s seat of a different vehicle. Some simulators may also have a clutch pedal, which is an optional simulation and optional test to take on the simulator.
Driving Simulators Are Plugged Into Monitors or TV Screens
Simplified driving simulators are plugged into a flatscreen TV, just like your video game systems at home. On the deluxe models of driving simulators, you are seated in front of three connected monitor screens, which wrap around the sides of the simulator just like the windows in a car. Each displays part of a connected scene, simulating the experience of driving in a neighborhood or on the highway. The triple screen monitors encourage you to look in all directions before making a decision to turn, accelerate or stop, skills you will need to drive a real vehicle every day.
Taking a Driving School Course Via Simulator Involves Common Distractions
When you take a driving school course via a driving simulator, the instructor is often right behind you telling you what to do next. Although you are attempting to learn from what the instructor is telling you to do, you are also experiencing a common driving distraction–other people in the vehicle with you. As you learn observation skills while driving in the simulator, you may also learn to tune out the unnecessary information spoken by the instructor so that you are able to tune out other driving distractions once you have your license. Just be sure to listen for valuable instructions and separate them from your instructor’s attempts to shake your focus.
For more information on what you might find at a driving school, contact one such as Morgan School Of Driving Inc.