“I think it’s particularly helpful for folks who are relatively new to snow. They haven’t been through significant plowable snow,” said Dave Hundelt, an engineer with Arlington County, Va. “We have enough turnover that we have several new drivers every season. Something like this gives them a leg up for their first year driving a plow.”
Arlington began using the technology in 2014 after wanting to revamp its training program.
Hundelt’s drivers go through four days of training, and spend about a third of their time in the simulator. He said it’s superior to sitting in a conference room and viewing PowerPoint slides.
L-3 says its snowplow training business has doubled in size over the past five years. A University of Utah study found that drivers who went through a simulator program were less likely to get in accidents.