Simulated Truck Driving Safety Training 7/23/13
CBS 7 News
July 23, 2013
They’re driving simulators comparable to a virtual video game, but these company owners say they're not playing around and this kind of training could save lives.
It’s set up to mimic real-life driving situations with scenarios that can put the driver and others around them in danger.
In response to the increased traffic in the Permian Basin, BTI Services' Safety Manager David Hernandez put his foot down and requested his parent company to bring this million-dollar trailer to his company in Odessa.
There are two simulators one in the back and one in the front,” he said, “We took a proactive approach to go ahead and get it scheduled to come out here.
Up to eight employees a day have gone through these simulated sessions, Pete Hernandez was one of them.
“With all the accidents happening in Odessa I think it's very wise for the company to do this,” Hernandez said, “That means that we are not part of the problem were trying to prevent it.”
The simulation put to practice many scenarios from weather conditions and mechanical failures to one of the most common, tire blowouts.
“When we triggered rain, snow, the blowout, you obviously have some kind of reaction to it,” said Bernard Slutsky, an Instructor with Superior Energy Services Company.
In the end your performance is graded but opposed to the real world, a mistake will not cost a life.