Local driving simulator gives teens a chance to practice before hitting the road - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Local driving simulator gives teens a chance to practice before hitting the road


LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As a parent, it can be scary handing the keys to a new driver, especially on a day like Tuesday, when driving conditions are not perfect.  A new program at Covenant is trying to prepare young people for whatever hazards may come on the road. This driving simulator, the first of its kind between Dallas and Phoenix, is available here in Lubbock now to help train new drivers.

"And when there's rain, the car reacts differently, so it's going to slide a lot easier if you're going too fast or try to turn too soon," said Shaun Fant, an occupational therapist at Covenant.  "I believe that the simulator can help save lives by giving teenagers before they get on the road the opportunity to practice in that safe environment. "

The simulator puts the driver in a cockpit like chair with three screens in front of them.  It was originally used to help stroke patients and others determine if they were well enough to drive again, but now, the NeuroScience Institute at Covenant is opening it up to the public and especially senior citizens, allowing them to test their reflexes to see if they are still safe on the road.  A one hour driving session for teens is $25 and a three hour detailed evaluation for seniors is $380.  For more information or to make an appointment, please call (806) 725-0999.

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