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Updated: 11 April, 2011



Driving fear package

A large number of people suffer from some form of driving fear or driving anxiety. The driving fear package on the simulator consists of 3 drives of 50 minutes each.

Each drive takes 50 minutes. During the simulated drive, the virtual instructor asks regularly to indicate the level of anxiety by pressing a button. You will notice that driving fear reduces after you drive for a while in the simulator. The training starts on a quiet rural (simulated) road. The second drive is in a town with more traffic and more complex traffic situations. The third drive is on a motorway with much more traffic that drives at a higher speed. The simulations are aimed at treating the anxiety you experience while driving in a effective manner. After each ride, you get a print with a graph that shows how fear developed during the drive.

Methods and techniques from the Virtual Reality realm are used increasingly to treat different types of fear. Het main advantage of virtual reality techniques, like simulators, is that you can practice in a safe but realistic environment while the simuli that provoke the fear can be presented in a structured and realistic way. People are then exposed to the fear provoking situations and they learn to cope with their fears which will result in a reduction of tensions and anxiety. This technique is called 'exposure in vivo'.