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Aplusb Software Shifts into High GF with Simu-Shift-Knob

March 17, 2017

After long, intensive development, Aplusb Software is proud to announce the release of its newest product in its driver education line; the new Simu-Shift-Knob.  The Simu-Shift-Knob replaces the shifter knobs on Logitech and Thrustmaster shifters, adapting them for computer driving simulations, like Aplusb’s SimuRide Professional; to enable the operation of virtual commercial vehicles using 10, 13 and 18 gears, so drivers can practice H pattern, 6 gear shifting using a Logitech shifter, and 8 gear shifting using the TH8A Thrustmaster shifter; splitting gears between low and high range, as well as toggling between the low and high setting for each gear. Read the rest of this entry »

SimuRide’s Rollover Simulation Can Save Lives

August 12, 2016

With SimuRide Professional’s Tractor Tank Rollover simulation; drivers are put behind the wheel of a particular commercial vehicle for a special type of simulation.  In the event that the trailer wheels start losing contact with road due to speeding, or other circumstances, like taking a corner too sharp – actions that can result in a rollover – the simulator displays a message indicating this potential risk, so that the driver can enact corrective maneuvers and avoid the rollover.

Imagine you’re driving down the highway in a tanker trucks, hauling a load of hazardous materials, when something happens.  It doesn’t matter in that moment exactly what happened or why, because your main concern now is that the tanker is on the verge of a rollover; so what do you do?  Sometimes there’s nothing you can do, except to hope to come out the other side safe, and that the damage will be minimal, and that your cargo doesn’t spill, which could years to clean-up, with untold consequences afterwards.  However, under the right circumstances there are early warnings prior to a rollover, that can allow a skilled driver to alter the potentially disastrous course they’re on.

On average, 85% of rollover accidents result from some type of mistake made by the driver,  but these mistakes don’t need to be compounded by failure to try and correct them, when there’s still time.

If a rollover is initiated, it’s still not too late to correct the problem; and so SimuRide will display a second message during the earliest stage of a rollover, again, to allow the driver to remedy their mistake.

Sometimes though, accidents happen; and in spite of all efforts to stop it, a rollover still occurs.  In that event, SimuRide will display a third message indicating that a rollover has occurred – but there’s good news in even this scenario; the driver is safe and no hazardous materials have been spilled.  The simulator messages and reports are saved and can be reviewed; and the driver can restart the simulation and practice again, and hone their skills, in the hope of preventing any unnecessary accidents when they’re on the road for real.

Learn more about SimuRide Professional and the rollover simulator at http://www.aplusbsoftware.com/simuridepro.html.


Drive the Distance

December 10, 2014

Some days you just wonder why you bother driving to work; here you are minding your business, driving the speed limit, and the driver behind you isn’t giving you any berth.  As far as they’re concerned, you’re driving too slowly and they want to you to know it.  Now, being the safe, responsible driver you, I’m sure you’ve never been the sort to follow someone too close out of spite or impatience (shh, just go with it).  But maybe you found yourself in fairly close proximity with another vehicle in front of you, and wondered, how close is too close? Read the rest of this entry »

Know your transmission fluid

November 12, 2014

In “Check Your 710” we talked about checking the different fluids in your car, and making sure these fluids are at the right level; adding new fluid, whether it be oil, wiper wash or engine coolant if needed.  What some might not realize, including until recently yours truly, is that there are different types of transmission fluid – no two are 100% alike; and you don’t want to mix and match, as you could do serious damage to your vehicle.Read the rest of this entry »

DUI Simulator

October 29, 2014

It’s typical enough; you’re out on the town with your friends after a long work week, having a good time, hitting the local bars for a few drinks, maybe sing some karaoke.  Your friends ask you if you want a ride home, because they think you’ve had one too many – after all, you were just singing karaoke – but you decline; “I’m fine,” you insist.  With that, they head their way and you head yours.  You take it slow, you know your fine, but you still don’t want to waste time with a cop pulling you over; their time would be better spent stopping the people who are really driving drunk.  You linger a minute longer than you would have normally at the stop sign (“Is this thing ever going to turn green….? …. Oh, right….)Read the rest of this entry »

Follow the Yello Striped Road

October 15, 2014

When you drive any version of our driving simulators, both Pro and Home Editions of SimuRide, the driving simulation will grade you on your performance for obeying the different traffic laws.  This includes making a full stop at the appropriate spot at stop signs.  If you fail to stop at the right place, a warning will show on the screen informing you that you missed a stop sign.Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Parents of New Drivers

October 1, 2014

A new school year is upon us, and with it, a slew of new student drivers are taking to the roads.  They grow up so fast, don’t they?  It seems like just yesterday you were buckling them into their car seat, and now they’re asking you for the keys to the car; so they can get behind the wheel and learn to drive – because once they do, they’ll never stay home, they’ll be driving all over the place with their friends, going to the mall, after school events, work, and before you know they’ll be going off to college.  Provided they even make it to college, because you think back to when you were a teenager and you realize it’s a miracle you made it out alive.  They’re going to go to parties and stay out late at night, not caring one whit that every minute they’re out past the curfew you set, another one of your hairs is turning gray, while dad’s is just falling out from all the stress, because the kids are never home; and they never answer their cell phones, which probably means they got in accident!Read the rest of this entry »

Drive the Distance

September 17, 2014

RoadsSome days you just wonder why you bother driving to work; here you are minding your business, driving the speed limit, and the driver behind you isn’t giving you any berth.  As far as they’re concerned, you’re driving too slowly and they want to you to know it.  Now, being the safe, responsible driver you, I’m sure you’ve never been the sort to follow someone too close out of spite or impatience (shh, just go with it).  But maybe you found yourself in fairly close proximity with another vehicle in front of you, and wondered, how close is too close? Read the rest of this entry »

Click It – Click It Good

September 3, 2014

Click it, or ticket.  It’s a catchy if albeit unnerving phrase used by the National Highway Safety Administration, to encourage people to wear their safety belt.  No one wants to get stopped, let alone get a ticket, just for not wearing a seatbelt.  It seems like such a hassle sometimes, doesn’t it?  You don’t plan to drive very far, or you need to make several quick stops, it becomes monotonous to have to keep pulling that strap over and around your chest.  For myself, a rather large individual, it’s not always the easiest or most comfortable thing to put on; some simply won’t reach the clasp, and others seem to get tighter the longer you drive and make it more difficult to breath after a while.Read the rest of this entry »

Driver Awareness

June 25, 2014

SimuRide Home features a particularly special exercise; rock slides!  This isn’t so much because rock slides are common throughout the US or the world at large, but rather for drivers using our driving simulator to practice a critical driving skill – defensive driving.  Throughout the driving course, the other cars on the road obey all traffic laws, but in real life this is no always the case; and even when it is, it’s essential that you as a driver are aware of the other conditions around you, that may be affected by your driving. Read the rest of this entry »