An Evaluation of Driver Simulators for Safety Training,
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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The effectiveness of simulators in improving driver safety was evaluated in a 20-hour Driver Safety Education Course administered to 193 experienced drivers in Fort Lewis, Washington. Approximately half of the drivers received a program utilizing a motion picture type trainer and half used conventional media. Conclusions were a Programmed motion picture simulators are slightly superior to conventional methods in developing those knowledges and habits emphasized in their programs b differences favoring the simulator are not likely to have sufficient impact to warrant a full-scale research program to determine their effectiveness in the long-term reduction of accidents and violations and c simulators represent a promising approach to the development of safe driving knowledges, skills, and habits.
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