'Missing the Boat' With Your Transit Simulator?

Posted on September 30, 2011 by Louie Maiello - Also by this author

Simulator training within the 'transit industry' is unique in its application as an affordable and necessary option. Those of you who feel that teaching bus operator basic skills on a simulator cannot be done are missing the boat! You are short-changing yourself and your operators. I firmly believe that basic skill development is its primary function and the most effective way to utilize your simulator when dealing with new hires. Allow me to list a few of the basic skills that, when taught early on, will become the foundation of a knowledgeable and attentive operator:

  • bus stop approach
  • bus stop departure
  • right turns
  • left turns
  • intersection approach, proceeding through and exiting
  • ADA requirements and applications
  • backing
  • 'covering' the right
  • 'covering' the brake
  • proper front and side clearances
  • lane placement
  • highway entry and exit
  • forward planning
  • pivot point comprehension
  • proper set up and utilization of mirrors
  • proper steering
  • directional use
  • operating within the depot (drillers/shifters)

As you can see, there are many basic skills to be taught and many more I can list, but you get the idea. These are exactly the things that should be taught on the simulator, supplementing 'live' training on the bus. The one important difference is the trainee can make mistakes at no cost and no loss of life. Mastering these formulas will minimize collisions. Likewise, an instructor who walks away from the simulator and allows the trainee to simply drive with no instructor /student management is useless. You are encouraging bad driving behavior. You may as well list your simulator on eBay!  

If you are attending the APTA Expo and either have a driving simulator (from any manufacturer) or are considering purchasing one, I encourage you to stop by FAAC booth #5621. Be part of the demos and learning experience. Observe what is being done in the simulator via the exterior floor monitor and hear the dialogue between instructor/student as I will be wired for sound. Witness firsthand the meaning of instructor-student management within the simulator. Bring me your training challenges and top collisions, and let's discuss and discover that, yes, simulator training is an affordable option and basic skill development is the way to go!

Get on board and 'watch the closing doors.'

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