Driving Essentials XE is an interactive and engaging driver training simulation made specifically for Xbox. It teaches new, teenage drivers how to deal with dangerous situations without actually being in danger. The vast majority of all serious teen crashes are due to critical (and preventable) mistakes — lack of judgment, lack of experience and driving distracted.

Bob Davis, the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc., the manufacturer of the new product, is our guest on The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Driving Essentials XE is a new product to help save teenage drivers' lives.
Driving Essentials XE is a new product to help save teenage drivers’ lives.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with Davis the soon-to-be-available product and how believes teenaged drivers’ lives will be saved.

With its 10-lesson course, the goal Driving XE is to change driving behavior and foster better judgment rapidly. First responders, pilots and surgeons use simulators to improve their skills. Now, teenagers can, too.

And we reach them where they are (first driver training simulation designed for a gaming console).

Virtual Driving Essentials and Driving XE, Davis says, is the answer to a sobering statistic. Sixteen-year-olds are three times more like to be in traffic accidents than other groups and eleven teens die every day as a result of texting and driving.

According to Davis, the company’s teenage driver training products, have real-time “life bars” running across the top of the monitors. Safe driving earns you more time and making any errors that increase your likelihood of a crash deduct from your bar as they happen.

Kids don’t care about a score after they are done. They care about their score as they drive. Plus, our company cares about keeping teens safe so the “life bar” holds great meaning to all of us.

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