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Bus Driver Training Tips: Using “Sim Buddies” to Nip “Motion Discomfort” in the Bud

Published on December 10, 2021

Bus Driver Training Tips: Using “Sim Buddies” to Nip “Motion Discomfort” in the Bud
We all know that the instructor plays a crucial role in maximizing the impact (and minimizing the discomfort) of any bus driver training program. That role starts with building the curriculum, designing the exercises and driving scenarios, and giving lectures. But it continues throughout each exercise, where the instructor can continually engage (and re-engage) individual … Continued

Easing Operators into Public Transport Simulation Training: Tips from Dennis Hershberger of MTA Flint

Published on November 19, 2021

Easing Operators into Public Transport Simulation Training: Tips from Dennis Hershberger of MTA Flint
Transit operators—especially senior operators—are notoriously hesitant to dive into public transport simulation training. The culprit: anxiety over simulator sickness. MTA Flint training instructor Dennis Hershberger is extremely familiar with those worries. Over his nearly two decades of experience using public transport simulation to train operators, he has almost certainly tried every trick in the book … Continued

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training

Published on October 8, 2021

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training
As we’ve discussed in the past, one key to the effectiveness of public transport simulation training is “presence“—i.e., the trainee’s convincing subjective experience of being in an actual vehicle. As Rob Raheb (an internationally published author and expert in simulation and driver training) has noted: “The more realistic the simulation is, the more ‘buy in’ … Continued

EV Bus Driver Training to Combat “Range anxiety”

Published on August 20, 2021

EV Bus Driver Training to Combat “Range anxiety”
It’s no wonder that coach companies and transit agencies are investing millions in new electric buses. In many regions, shifting to EV mass transit will be a game changer. And mass transit, with its emphasis on low-speed stop-and-go driving is perfect for EV buses relying on regenerative braking, turning that traditional fuel-waster into a valuable … Continued

Using CDL Simulators to Protect Truckers on the Road

Published on April 27, 2020

Using CDL Simulators to Protect Truckers on the Road
  According to the latest reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, even as driving in the United States gets safer, CDL trucking continues to cost lives —especially among CDL operators themselves. Truck operator fatality rates are now at their highest level since 1988. According to the report, “There were 36,560 people killed in … Continued

Simulation-based Situational Awareness Training: Making City Streets Safer

Published on April 13, 2020

Simulation-based Situational Awareness Training: Making City Streets Safer
  “There’s not too much that can win an argument with a streetcar”—but motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists keep picking that fight: (footage courtesy of the Australian Capitol Territory ) Driving is already a remarkably dangerous activity. It only gets worse on city streets, where so many vehicle types—private motor vehicles, bicycles, and mass transit—share congested … Continued

Using Your Bus Driving Simulator for Accident Reconstruction

Published on April 6, 2020

Using Your Bus Driving Simulator for Accident Reconstruction
  If your driving simulator allows for custom scenarios, you’ve probably used that function to reconstruct an accident. This is an excellent way to address an operator’s issues with laser-like accuracy and quickly get them back on their routes. But you can get even more bang for your buck if you take those reconstructions, and … Continued

Using Simulators to Defeat the Dreaded ” Dunning-Kruger Effect”

Published on March 23, 2020

Using Simulators to Defeat the Dreaded ” Dunning-Kruger Effect”
  Since it was first identified in 1999, the Dunning-Kruger effect has transformed how we talk about people who have no idea what they’re talking about. The “Dunning-Kruger effect” is an exceedingly common—and previously unnamed—psychological blindspot: The human tendency to vastly overestimate our abilities because we know very little about a field.  (The title of … Continued

How Do CDL Driving Simulators Address Critical Issues in Trucking?

Published on March 9, 2020

How Do CDL Driving Simulators Address Critical Issues in Trucking?
Commercial trucking sits on the front lines of the global economy. When our economy is soaring, there’s more work than you can handle. But when it dips (or dives), truckers feel it first as shipments are delayed and ports close. For the last 15 years, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has conducted an annual … Continued

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator

Published on August 9, 2019

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator
A consultant with the Texas Association of Counties instructed about 20 drivers over a two-day period at the Pct. 4 Barn in Kilgore. Pct. 4 Commissioner Shannon Brown invited the TAC after learning about the service, which has shown to practically eliminate driving incidents within the first six months of training, driving simulator consultant Don … Continued