Discovery Learning and Practicing the Un-Practicable Benefits of Instructor-Led Driving Simulation Safety Training
By Mike Griffin, Simulation Training Manager, Driving Dynamics
As a simulation training designer and instructor, I have had the privilege of watching many students in simulator driver safety training navigate the scenarios I’ve developed—scenarios designed to emulate real-world challenges occurring every day on the road.
Properly designed simulator-based safety courses place drivers in a variety of realistic, relatable, hazardous traffic situations. The Discovery Learning process takes hold as trainees are challenged to make real-time decisions and proficiently execute corrective actions. They become keenly aware of the consequences of their decisions and subsequent actions. Any missteps reveal painful outcomes and have significant impact—personalizing results and motivating students to seek effective, safe resolutions.
The goal of the Discovery Learning process is to help drivers gain confidence and skills in identifying potential hazards sooner, and to competently initiate corrective actions to remedy these situations based on well-practiced decision making capabilities.