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Simulator Training

Simulation lessons are considered the latest technology used in driving instruction. Following their extensive use in aircraft instruction, research and scientific studies (including [1], [2] and [3]) found that their use in teaching driving also reduces accidents of trainees and helps them overcome the initial fear of driving a car for the first time.

Simulation lessons are conducted using a device that simulates real car driving and consists of all the parts that make up a car interior such as the car seat, steering wheel, dashboard, power switch, and safety belt. The passenger is surrounded with screens displaying a virtual reality that simulates a large number of scenarios that the driver may experience in different weather and geographic conditions. The device gives instructions to the passenger in an interactive manner and provides feedback on the driver's skill and also an explanation of the mistakes she made while driving.

Due to the importance of simulation courses in the trainees' attainment of road skills, and also in helping them overcome the fear of driving, the Saudi Driving School has been keen to install the most advanced simulators to train those who want to learn driving. The simulation classes follow the trainee's success in the theoretical test. They consist of two hours of training on a large number of different scenarios that help the trainee acquire the basic skills in driving.

[1] Peck, R. C. (2011). Do driver training programs reduce crashes and traffic violations? - A critical examination of the literature. IATSS research, 34(2), 63-71.
[2] Washington, S., Cole, R. J., & Herbel, S. B. (2011). European advanced driver training programs: Reasons for optimism. IATSS research, 34(2), 72-79.
[3] Shell, D. F., Newman, I. M., Cordova-Cazar, A. L., & Heese, J. M. (2015). Driver education and teen crashes and traffic violations in the first two years of driving in a graduated licensing system. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 82, 45-52.