Conference Proceeding

Multiple-Session Simulator Training for Older Drivers and On-Road Transfer of Learning

  • Martin Lavallière (FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)
  • Denis Laurendeau (Université Laval, Québec, Canada)
  • Mathieu Tremblay (FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)
  • Martin Simoneau (FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)
  • Normand Teasdale (FRSQ du CHA de Québec, Canada)


Driving retraining classes may offer an opportunity to attenuate some of the aging manifestation that may alter driving skills. Unfortunately, there are suggestions that classroom programs do not allow to improve the driving performance of elderly drivers. The aim of this study was to evaluate if specific simulator training sessions with video-based feedback can modify on-road behaviors of elderly drivers. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the training, 10 elderly drivers who received feedback were tested before and after the training program with an on-road standardized evaluation. A control group (12 older drivers) also participated. Participants in this group received a classroom training program and similar exposure to driving in a simulator but without drivingspecific feedback. After attending the training program, the control group showed no modification of their driving performance (on-road score, frequency of successful turning maneuvers and frequency blind spot verification before lane change maneuvers). On the other hand, participants in the feedback group improved their driving skills for all maneuvers that were evaluated. These results suggest that simulator training transferred effectively to on-road performance. In order to be effective, driving programs should include active practice sessions with driving specific feedback.

How to Cite:

Lavallière, M. & Laurendeau, D. & Tremblay, M. & Simoneau, M. & Teasdale, N., (2009) “Multiple-Session Simulator Training for Older Drivers and On-Road Transfer of Learning”, Driving Assessment Conference 5(2009), 221-227. doi:

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Publisher Notes

  • Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award

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Published on
24 Jun 2009
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