Motion Sickness Caused By Simulators

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PJ's Comment
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Motion sickness is not what occurs in sim’s. The technical name is Simulator adaptation syndrome.

Instructors should cover this at the very beginning of class. There are a couple styles of wristbands out that should always be worn. One is like a braclet with a small brad. Placed over the pressure point of the wrist The other looks like a watch, emits a small pulse, also worn over the pressure point. Put it on approx. 15 minutes before entry.

Any class should start with a couple short accumalition scenarios. Then progress gradually.

I was a lead instructor for sims for 12 years for law enforcement as well as a consultant for Doran Precision Systems, one of 3 reputable sim manufactur’s here in the US.

Any instructor just allowing students to jump in a sim and start driving is doing the students a huge disservice.


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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Prime has open Sims and they do not flip or go over a hill. The "windshield" will shatter when you hit a deer. The mirrors will show fire from your tires.

They are usually 10 min or so then you watch a video or may do 2 in a row then watch a video.

CajunWon's Comment
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Simulator fears: realized and overcome. Took a ride in the simulator today! Instructor says, fail and they send you home. Was not joking but a great guy with lots of good advice.

Asked if he was going to jacknife me, he said no, 10 minutes later he jacknifed my tractor in a snow storm. I was all over the road but recovered. I was very much at ease on the sim, not nervous at all. Soon after started feeling the nausea, finished that run, parked and had to walk around.

Instructor suggested and found a mint candy. Seemed to help my head but not my stomach. Then took the test, passed with best class score. It's all about watching signs and allowing plenty of distance to react properly to road hazards.

Grilled swiss with a Pepsi, settled the stomach.

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PJ's Comment
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Congrats!!! Great job!!!

Now you know first hand they are not that scary. I really enjoyed my time working with them.

Oz's Comment
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Hi ,I am a student driver at Prime. On there simulators I had a couple of times when taking a turn on a city street a had a little stomach flip. This is very unusual as I have never had issues of motion or car sickness. I am close to testing out for my cdl and have had zero issues when driving the truck. Just my 2 cents. Good luck

I know this particular simulated turn also.


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