How to become a confident driver – driving simulators

How to become a confident driver – driving simulators


Having great driving skills is more than necessary in our era. Constantly depending on public transportation or friends for reaching our destinations is unpleasant for a number of reasons. You could be late for important events waiting for others to pass by and give you a lift, you might not be able to find a cab in an emergency situation and, honestly speaking, people might become tired with you always asking for a drive. Of course, even with our best intentions, some of us might not be able to overcome the fear of driving. For those cases, a car driving simulator for training and research purposes might help many get rid of anxiety while driving. Below are some reasons you might find such courses useful and handy.

Improve your space orientation and reaction skills

Beginners tend to have issues of this kind when learning to drive. This is caused by a fear of being responsible for car accidents and not knowing how to handle complex traffic situations. Although many students learn to drive by physically controlling a vehicle, their skills seem to not improve even with an extraordinary instructor’s help. This usually happens because of their high levels of anxiety and incapacity of folding on road’s characteristics. A driving school student usually lacks the space orientation skills, and incapacity of meeting safety requirements while driving. But in late years, driving simulators have become a great alternative to traditional driving lessons in the first stages of practice, because they help students articulate to traffic conditions and adapt their speed to them, anticipate necessary distances for a series of maneuvers, as well as improving their reaction time while driving.

Safely driving in special circumstances

Many students, although might not have issues while driving in normal weather conditions, when facing fog, rain or snow, their capacity of safely handling a vehicle decreases considerably. Of course, all variables change in such conditions, therefore adapting to them becomes mandatory. However, during driving classes it might not be possible sometimes to encounter them, which lets students with a slight disadvantage. Driving simulators have the advantage of replicating real life scenarios, where the student also has to replicate the logical reactions.

Increase awareness about driving under influence

Many driving schools having access to driving simulators have the possibility of showing the risks of driving under influence in the safety awareness class. This happens without endangering one’s life, as the entire process is a simulated one. It has a great impact on future drivers, since they become fully aware about the implications of this type of behavior.

Whether anxiety or the lack of experience is preventing one to drive or be confident and relaxed while doing so, simulators are a great way of gradually introducing students to real-life conditions, and developing skills so they become skillful enough to face a variety of situations where their and other’s safety is preeminent. And, because the fear of driving is oftentimes generated by psychological factors, it has been reported that simulators can help with considerably decreasing it as well.

Steve Volk