Tuesday, 18 September, 2012

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012

Driving Simulator Training Ensures Stress Free Driving By Young Drivers

Great Article:
Article Original Author: Isidore Dallas 

Driving simulator is an educational tool that simulates actual driving on a road under different traffic and road conditions. This simulation tool is used to teach learners how to drive vehicles and the rules for the road. You can work on the simulator before and during practice with an actual vehicle under real driving conditions. Depending on your requirements, you can operate the simulator to simulate driving car or a heavy vehicle or a car with a trailer.
The driving simulator takes you through a 3D map which is designed to include almost all roads and traffic conditions that you might encounter in real life. The 3D map would include:
• A highway
• City intersection
• A parking lot
• A dark tunnel
• Valley covered with fog
• Icy patches of road and rainy or snowy conditions
• A long winding road with falling obstacles
It would sound as though the driving simulator is a just another driving game, but it will alert the driver when a driving mistake is made - mistakes that could represent serious accidents in real life. When you are practicing with the simulator, your mistakes are logged and you have to get back to your starting point to see the mistakes you made and repeat the action till you muster the correct movement. The professional software can handle three monitors which prompt students to develop the habit of turning their heads- a vital safety requirement - to look for incoming traffic while starting a car from rest.
The driving simulator aims at safe and carefree driving for the young beginners. The beginner drivers can practice in a number of practices crucial for safe driving such as:
• Coming from a side road and taking a free way
• Reversing a car with or without a trailer set into a dock. This may involve a series of difficult maneuvers
• Overtaking a moving vehicle
• Completing a wide turn with convex mirror
• Using headlights appropriately
• Using turning signals
• Use of rear view mirrors at the right time
• Right use of the accelerator and the brake
Safe driving involves use of your judgment and fine tuning of your reaction. It also involves right use of the car equipment like the gear, steering, rear view mirror etc. The simulator helps you to develop these faculties and by repeated practice these get ingrained in you. To have these faculties developed the driving simulator lets you through a series of different situations you would encounter on a real road. These are:
• Interpreting road signs
• Taking action at the right time
• Understanding traffic lights and guiding your vehicles accordingly
• Reaching to road blocks, moving obstacles and taking decisions to avoid traffic
• Taking account of other motorists on the road and at intersections
• Precautions to be observed while overtaking a vehicle
• Maintaining a good driving speed and observing speed restrictions
• Maneuvering the vehicle on icy patches of road during a snow or rainfall
• Parking in a limited allowed space
• Turning and reversing using signals and rear- view mirror
• Driving, turning, and reversing with a trailer attached.

Thursday, 29 December, 2011

Driving Simulator Benefits

ADH Driving Simulator Benefits ( www.adhlabs.com )

Most simulators can only be used during the first lessons of driver training when basic procedural skills are taught, like learning to change gear, starting the engine.
In our simulators the focus is on traffic participation, traffic rules, learning to recognise and handle traffic signs in realistic high-density traffic situations.

These are precisely the skills that require most time to learn during practice lessons on the road. Training in our simulators is then much more effective compared to traditional in-car training.

There are a number of reasons for that:
  • The lessons have been developed in a way that effectively teach the required behaviour. During the lessons, the simple traffic situations are treated first, but as the lessons progress traffic situations become more complex. This results in faster recognition of situations and hazards and in a faster response to these.
  •  On the roads, typically a multitude of different things require attention resulting in attentional overload for beginner students. They have to attend to, and do, a number of things simultaneously which they may not have the skills for yet. Because of that, traditional training on the road is not as effective compared to training in a simulator. In the simulator skills are trained in a way that avoids overloading the student.

The simulator applies an advanced 'virtual instructor' and student assessment system. The virtual instructor evaluates the behaviour of the student continuously. It immediately gives feedback when the student commits an error. This fast and systematic feedback increases the speed at which the student learns to drive properly. After each lesson the student assessment system generates a detailed report about the strong and weak points.

In a simulator the student trains in a safe environment with no stress. The consequences of committing an error in a simulator are much less serious than in a real car. This results in more relaxed learning: people learn better when they are more relaxed and feel safe.

Road Safety: Some Thoughts

ADH Labs: www.adhlabs.com

Indians have felt the need for improved road infrastructure in most parts of India. Although improving roads and the traffic situation within the hearts of cities is proving to be difficult, thankfully new highways are being set up on the outskirts, linking various towns. The Delhi-Jaipur highway, the Bombay-Pune highway are just some of the examples. India has the second largest road network in the world with over 3 million km of roads of which 60% are paved. These roads make a vital contribution to the India's economy. On the whole, the facilities for the road users are not up to the mark, leading to a high toll of the death victims. Recently, there is a growing concern over the road crash problem.

These roads provide for smooth, easy riding, and make the journey so much more comfortable. As a result more and more families find themselves taking weekend trips to towns close-by, and this trend will only increase in the future.

Some of the tips while crossing the road :

a. Find a safe place to cross the road subways, footbridges, islands, zebra, pelican and traffic light crossings are ideal.

b. If you can't find a proper crossing then make sure you can see clearly along the roads in both directions and that drivers can see you clearly.

c. Take plenty of time to look around for traffic before you step out, and listen carefully in case something's coming that you can't see from where you're standing.

d. When you cross the road make sure you're concentrating It's easy to get distracted if you're listening to music on your headphones, or chatting and texting on your mobile.

e. Walk straight across the road - don't run Keep looking and listening while you cross.

From Roadsafetyrules dot in