Simulator training puts drivers on road to licence

Herald Reporter

DRIVER simulator systems – with steering wheels and all – are on sale at the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).

The CDC signed a sole distribution deal in May with Afsim, a Bloemfontein driver simulator company.

The CDC already uses the simulators and will help about 500 unemployed youths a year to obtain a driver’s licence.

CDC spokesman Ayanda Vilakazi said: “The driver simulator is a powerful enabling tool that has spin-offs into the health and safety sector.” He said the simulation training improved safety for first-time drivers.

The simulators can be bought from the CDC for R73450 for a single sedan simulator.

Vilakazi said it was the accepted norm for a learner driver to gain experience on public roads but that this had proved dangerous. “Simulator training has proven to be a very cost-effective and safe alternative,” he said.

The agreement, signed seven months ago, allows the CDC to distribute the simulators through its extensive stakeholder network. Afsim will provide technical, research and development support.

The CDC plans to introduce the simulators to higher education institutions, training facilities, companies and government departments countrywide.

The simulators are compliant with the K53 driving curriculum, and cover parallel parking, alley docking and highway driving in different weather conditions.

A progress report is generated after the completion of each module.

Two successful simulator drivers are father and son Patrick and Asanda Modise, from Bluewater Bay. Both passed their driver’s licence tests after undergoing training at the CDC.

Patrick failed six times before joining the CDC programme.

“It is a blessing for the unemployed people of Nelson Mandela Bay to have this important service,” he said.

Asanda said the best part of the training was practising on the simulators before hitting the road.

“People need to understand how important it is to do the simulator training before you actually venture out onto the road – it really helped me to get more comfortable,” he said.

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