Michael Cerussi Applauds Use of Video Games to Promote Driver Safety

Developers at HotSeat Sim have created a new approach to teaching driver safety among teens—through the use of video games. Michael Cerussi of Cerussi Driving School commends this innovative take on an important issue.

Feb 05, 2013, 06:00 ET from Cerussi Driving School

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Although high school students have taken driver's education courses as part of the licensing process for decades, a recent Forbes report stresses the prevalence of safety issues among this demographic. Noting that driving accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers, Forbes highlights the progress led by innovative video game and simulation company, HotSeat Sim. Having created educational flight simulation programs, HotSeat Sim hopes to introduce its new driving simulation video game to partner with insurance companies and schools to promote greater safety among teen drivers. As a driving instructor who values safety on the road, especially among new motorists, Michael Cerussi—founder of the Cerussi Driving School—applauds this innovative take on driver's education.

Michael Cerussi comments, "With driver's education in high schools, written material and help through outside driving school instruction, teenagers can get some sense of how to behave on the road. However, the alarming rate of fatal teen driving accidents reveals that the experience and education available is not preparing students well enough for the road." By combining education with entertainment, Cerussi hopes that the HotSeat Sim game will change the way that students learn how to drive.

According to the report from Forbes, the driving simulator designed and produced by HotSeat resembles something similar to the racing games found in arcades—users sit down to play the game using a steering wheel and screen interface, complete with surround sound. As individuals play the game, they face a wide range of obstacles, including having to make sudden lane changes and avoid obstructions. According to HotSeat Sim, the integration of these programs in schools can help improve muscle memory, driver confidence and defensive action through repetitive tasks and gameplay.

While Michael Cerussi is not quick to predict the replacement of physical instruction with that of virtual driving lessons, he notes that the HotSeat video game could fortify current driver's education programs. Michael Cerussi concludes, "Good, safe driving habits come from experience, and seeing firsthand how easily bad habits can develop during formative years, it is important to establish defensive behaviors early on. Simulation games, such as those provided by HotSeat Sim, can provide students' with additional experience and allow them to face challenges that they could never experience in the real world in a safe manner."


Founded by Michael Cerussi in 1998, the Cerussi Driving School provides a wide range of students with the instruction they need to improve their basic and defensive driving skills. With 20 employees, the organization is able to offer a comprehensive education regarding the importance of road safety and the dangers of drunk driving. Michael Cerussi and his team are dedicated to offering the best in instruction while explaining why safety is important when on the road. Michael Cerussi is happy to provide services that keep drivers secure as they travel.

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