an experiment to assess the value of a shadowgraph simulator for driver training is described. two groups 6f 36 pupils with no previous driving experience, and matched for age and sex, were taught to drive up to the standard of the doe driving test. the pupils in one of the groups received their first three hours instruction on a shadowgraph simulator. the results of the experiment showed that there was no significant difference between the time required by those pupils who had started on the simulator, and those who had all their lessons in a car. there was a wide variation in the amount of time required to pass the driving test: with extremes of 14 and well over 60 hours. the average number of instruction required was 31. an intelligence test. a test of mechanical comprehension and a personality inventory were administered to each pupil. there was some evidence to suggest that the more intelligent pupils learned to drive more quickly. questionnaires administered to pupils who had used the simulator revealed that these pupils were generally in favour of the simulator, and that they thought it had been helpful to them, particularly for getting used to the 'feel' of the car.(a)

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