As part of the Blalock Academy training series, all Blalock Companies drivers endure advanced training in our Mark III driving simulator. The simulator, designed by L3 Communications, is motion based and combines a fully functional truck cab with digital technology much like a flight simulator. The digital displays provide a 180-degree field of vision as well as monitors to simulator side mirrors.
Drivers participate in several different training series in the simulator that focus on good decision making and mental aspects of driving. The simulator operator can also challenge the driver by controlling obstacles in the environment, such as pedestrians and other vehicles, or by changing the weather conditions. The operator can even simulate mechanical issues to challenge the driver’s ability to adapt in an emergency. The risk-free, virtual environment of the simulator allows Blalock drivers to perfect their skills before they are challenged on the road, reducing the risk of accidents and injury.