Driver Simulation Training Case Studies
Case Study #1
A major police agency in the GTA area was experiencing a high level of at-fault collisions with new officers. The new officers had recently received extensive in-car training at a police college and were judged to have strong vehicle handling skills. An analysis of the collision incidents highlighted the need for better risk management skills while responding to calls. Trainees participated in 2 two hour training sessions that included civilian and policing driving. 12 months post training, at-fault collisions were lowered to 5% versus the historical base of 25%.
Case Study #2
A valued employee of a delivery service company had just experienced his 3rd collision within the past 12 months. Over his previous 15 years of service he had been collision free. When driver training was recommended by the Human Resources Department, the employee felt that he was being penalized for some recent "bad luck". The assessment identified a deficiency in the employee's scanning ability. He had been previously taught that eye lead was very important. While important, strong eye lead can often result in poor lateral scanning. When the employee was exposed to the replays of his driving, he was able to internalize the problem. Subsequent training strengthened over scanning. Following the training the employee commented that he was "very fortunate" to have the training and realized his company was investing in his safety. He no longer thought of his collisions as bad luck; but, rather incidents that should have been avoided.
Case Study #3
A trucking company was providing on going driver training for their employees. In vehicle training is supplemented with computer based sessions. Their challenge was the lack of consistency between the training techniques. Starting with an evaluation of their collision incidents, we identified which parts of the in vehicle and computer based training were most time and cost effective. We utilized the Driver Activation Training platform to create a holistic approach to their program. This approach also allowed the seamless introduction of simulation based training. By using a common platform that links all driver training, retention levels have improved with a reduction of total training time.
Case Study #4
An Ontario police service was looking for a training intervention to manage experienced officers (two to five years in the field) with poor driving records. An analysis of collision incidents highlighted a need to improve predicting skills. Specific training scenarios were created to replicate high risk environments. Following a 2 year evaluation of their driving post training, these officers were now performing in-line with their peers.