Simulator

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Harvest's Comment
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I thought it was a kinda fun tool to practice backing. At the end of the day, the simulator doesn't compare too much to the real thing. But it gives you a slight feel.

PJ's Comment
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For anyone that felt sick, I blame the instructor.

Commonly people feel like they are suffering from motion sickness. Not the case. The feeling is physically a lack of motion. It is called simulator adapatation symdrome. Your brain senses motion and your body doesn’t.

The proper way to work with this is for any instruction to be broken up into segments. A few minutes classroom instruction, a few scenarios in the sim, starting with some orientation straightline movement. Gradually work toward lateral movement then the complete package.

The maufacturers all train instructors in this, but I know some stray from the practice. They always have high failure rates because of it.

I have trained instructors for years and done followup evaluations on training centers and just shake my head at the excuses for poor instructors. I left that part of my life about a year after getting my cdl. From 1998-2014 it was a big part of my life.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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