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It’s been said that “your best teacher is your last mistake”. Unfortunately, when it comes to learning to drive, those mistakes can have severe consequences that stand in the way of learning. The beauty of simulator-based training is that it allows us to engage in real, meaningful practice, including those super-valuable mistakes, without the fear, stress, and consequences that inhibit the learning process.  

What is Simulator-Based Training? 

At its most basic level it can be a simple video game, at its most advanced a fully immersive virtual world, but in all cases Simulator-Based Training is a powerful teaching tool used to provide a forgiving environment for individuals to build new skills and gain vital experience. And, while simulation is not intended to replace the “real thing”, it is built to prepare trainees for the “real thing” so that they have the skill, knowledge, and confidence to perform when it matters most. 

Where is Simulator-Based Training Utilized? 

If what you want to practice is dangerous, difficult, or scary, chances are it is an area where simulation is heavily utilized.  

High-risk industries like aviation, law enforcement, and even surgery rely on simulation training to provide focused, specific experiences while safely allowing for mistakes and essential learning opportunities. 

Simulator-Based Training for Drivers  

Speaking of high-risk activities, driving a car is right up there, particularly for new drivers. Think about this: You wouldn’t put someone into a baseball game if they didn’t know how to throw, right?  So why do we send people out to drive a car before they know how to “drive”? Given the consequences of a mistake while learning to drive, it is an ideal application for simulation training, which is where Greenlight Simulation comes in. 

Greenlight’s research-based training curriculum uses the simulator to develop both the physical skills required to control a vehicle, and the intellectual tools needed to address the primary causes of novice-driver crashes: risk assessment and hazard perception.  By training in the simulator, we can deliver dynamic scenarios that place students in challenging driving situations to actively build driving experience and the skills they need to become the safest, best prepared driver they can be. 

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