Tonawanda News — Q: What do you teach them?
A: We give them basic driving instructions. Red means stop, green means go. Here’s the brakes, here’s the gas. The sooner we can get to them the better.
Q: Has anyone signed up yet?
We’ve been preparing this program for two years and we’ve got about 15 to 20 kids in the queue. Now that the school year has begun we want to reach out to (high school) principals within a 25 mile radius.
Q: Tell me about the research component.
A: What we really need to a whole lot of data. We are going to track the students’ progress through the program and more importantly, after they’ve gone through the program. If we can show a 10 to 20 percent reduced chance of getting into an accident or having a moving violation, that is a way to interest policy makers.
Q: Do you find that kids use the simulator like a giant video game?
A: I can honestly say we haven’t had a young person in here who didn’t love the simulator. Sometimes we can be teaching them and they don’t even know they’re being taught.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Driving simulator at the University at Buffalo's New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation • WHERE: Furnas Hall, University at Buffalo Amherst Camus • MORE INFORMATION: Call 645-2685 or visit www.nyscedii.buffalo.edu