Truman adds driver’s education elective and simulators
“Using the car simulator was a 10 out of 10 experience,” said Christina Williams, 10th grade student. “I would totally love to do it again and it really gave me real world experience of what driving is like.”
The simulator is equipped with a computer screen, steering wheel, pedals and gear shifts, which gives students the opportunity to learn automatic or manual driving. “Studies show that simulators aren’t just video games,” said Suzanne Denny, health and physical education department lead. “They allow kids to be put in dangerous situations without actually being in them.”
Before students get behind the wheel for the first time, simulators give students the opportunity to drive with less fear and anxiety. They can experience what it is like to drive impaired, in the rain or snow, and at nighttime. Students can also practice parallel parking, highway or city driving, and of course, become familiar with the basics like road signs and signals. After completing the course, students earn a certification of completion from PDE, for which some insurance companies offer discounts. Additionally, three hours of simulator driving can be counted towards one hour of driving when preparing for the state’s driver’s license test, which requires 65 hours of adult-supervised driving.