AN EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION OF A DRIVER SIMULATOR FOR SAFETY TRAINING.
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA
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The purpose of this research was to determine the effectiveness of automobile simulators in fostering the safe operation of automobiles. A 20-hour driver improvement course was administered to 238 licensed drivers at Fort Lewis, Washington. Approximately half of the trainees received a program taught entirely by conventional methods, while the other half received a program of similar content but including eight hours of simulator instruction. Results of specially constructed tests indicated that simulators were superior to conventional media for developing good driving habits but were no more effective in teaching driving knowledges or influencing driver attitudes. It was concluded that, while simulation represents a potentially valuable means of improving driver habits and skills, substantial modification of current simulator equipment and film is needed to attain this potential. Author
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