Driving simulator makes teens safer drivers

We saw something this week at Biloxi High School that we think should be made available to all Mississippi high school students. It is a computer driving simulator. Biloxi Drivers Ed instructor Joseph Brown said, "what it does is allow students to come in and drive, go through the experience and make some mistakes without causing any harm to anyone."

The Center for Disease Control says motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the United States. And that teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to be involved in an accident.

The 12 hours of training and experience students get behind the driving simulator, before even getting into a Drivers Ed car, aims to make them safer drivers. This simulator poses real life scenarios like someone pulling out right in front of you, a pedestrian walking into the road or a deer running in front of your car. The simulator shows teens you must pay attention to the road conditions because if something happens you have only seconds to respond.

Our hope is that more school systems across Mississippi will be able to afford these simulators because they help develop safer drivers and we all benefit from that.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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