In the modern digital age we’ve come to see innovation and change as a constant part of our life. There’s always a new app or device around the corner aimed at improving our lives.
Whether it is banking, shopping or just chatting to your fiends, the world in which we live has changed. That most certainly applies to driving too.
Simulators, mobile apps, instructional videos, and online theory tests have had a big impact on learning to pick up this vital life skill.
Simulators replace real cars
According to a BBC report, twenty per cent of novice drivers get into an accident within the first year of getting their license. This is often attributed to inexperience when dealing with hazards, because classroom training and driving in a car with an instructor cannot cover all of the real-world driving situations. This is one of the biggest factors fueling the interest in driving simulators.
A large-scale study conducted in the United States has shown that when a proper driving simulator is utilized in driver training, the accident rate during the 24-month period after obtaining the license is reduced. The research indicated that learning to drive in a simulator contributes to the improvement in learners of skills such as recognizing and handling traffic signs as well as hazard perception.
Simulators replicate the actual driving experience, letting learners practice scanning and hazard detection, parallel parking, defensive driving techniques, and hydroplaning manoeuvres, among other skills. With a simulator, learner drivers can go through a variety of scenarios as many times as necessary and in many different road and weather conditions until they have a clear understanding of how to control a vehicle safely and effectively in all possible situations.
Learning to drive? There’s an app for that
The development of mobile apps has given us handy tools that let us do almost everything, from counting the calories we consume to telling us what song is playing on the radio. There are even apps that help student drivers through their training by giving driving tips and safety reminders, and letting them track where they’ve driven and how far they’ve traveled.
Some apps function like a real driving instructor—as the student practices driving skills, the app gives instructions and later provides the student with a progress report.
There are also mobile apps that have set goals for learners to accomplish, such as practicing for five hours a week. These apps can help learners focus on the task at hand and improve on particular skills and break their learning down into manageable chunks.
Online learning is a plus
There are thousands of learning resources available online for student drivers, from instructional videos on how to properly do parallel parking to online theory tests. Many of these online tools are free – making it easier than ever to test and develop your knowledge of the rules of the road to help to pass the test.
These online tools help young drivers learn more, test their knowledge of road rules, and prepare for the tests they will be taking before getting their license.
While it’s true that all of these cannot replace hands-on training in a real car, it’s clear that harnessing the power of technology in driver training gives learners an advantage.