Learning how to drive a car can be a fun and exciting experience. There are driving schools where you can get hands-on training on driving a car. It is also a good idea to try a couple of driving simulation apps on your Android to prepare yourself for the same.
I am not suggesting you download and play racing games on your smartphones here. They can be a lot of fun, but they were never meant to teach you safe driving. You don’t get a second life with a new car in real life after pulling off stunts as you do in Asphalt 9. I am talking about apps that teach you safety rules, how to park a car, how to change lanes, and so on.
Though the entire training might look mundane, the apps can help you catch up with the rules and other aspects quickly. Of course, this does not warrant that you should use them while you drive. So, let’s begin.
1. Parking Mania 2
Parking Mania 2 is a popular car parking game that will help you understand the dynamics and physics of parallel and reverse parking. That is a common problem a lot of novice drivers face. With reverse parking, they fail to understand the angle in which you should turn the car.
Every time you touch an obstacle, you lose points. Your job is to park the car in that garage, navigate through the traffic to parallel park on the side or drift it into the parking space. Don’t try the last one in real life. There is a handy map to find the marked location.
The app offers several parking missions to choose from, and you can unlock more with in-app purchases. Graphics are neat and sharp, and game mechanics make it easy to drive around the car. Though Parking Mania is a game, it helps you understand the importance of parking angles, finding correct spot, turning the car, and other things.
Learning to drive and park a car is one thing, but you also need a license to drive. To get your license, you will need to pass not only a practical test, but also a written test about your knowledge of traffic rules, driving safety, and road signs. A must for every beginner.
DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) conducts a test which can be hard to clear if you are not familiar with the laws of the land. DMV Genie wants to help by simulating these tests. You can select questions and tests based on the state you live in. Each state has slightly different rules.
If you answer a question wrong, you get a pop up explaining the answer in detail, so you also learn and improve with each step. The DMV Genie Permit Practice Test is free to use and is ad-supported.
The moment you launch the app, it will ask you to fasten your virtual seat belts to start. The app won’t let you do anything else until you do it. An excellent way to begin a driving lesson. You have to obey traffic rules when driving your car in Dr. Driving.
That means pressing the brake pedal at the time of starting your engine, shifting the car into the right gears, braking at red lights, indicator before making a turn, parking correctly in the allocated parking space and so on. You get points for following on-screen instructions while driving and compete with friends for the top position on the leaderboard.
The graphics are sharp, yet the app size is under 20MB. There are a lot of scenarios and missions to choose from, and each will help you hone your driving skills. Dr. Driving 2 is free to use but comes with ads and in-app purchases for unlocking levels and upgrading cars.
Driving School comes from a dev team who have developed 20 driving simulation apps so far. Needless to say, the experience and attention to detail are quite apparent in their apps. The graphics are high quality, and even the interiors of each car have been crafted to mimic real cars.
To start, you can choose between manual or automatic transmission and further choose between highways, country roads, deserts, and mountains to practice your driving skills.
There are many vehicles to choose from like cars, bikes, and even trucks. As you progress through the game, you level up to unlock the access to more cars and maps.
Most driving simulation apps don’t allow you to adjust your steering wheel, use hand brakes, use windshield wipers, or stop at a gas station to refill. That makes Driving School a better alternative. It mimics real life driving scenarios to near perfection. Like other driving simulation apps, you can play with friends to compete for a leadership position.
The only trouble is that cars can be expensive to buy and upgrades aren’t cheap. Especially, after the last update.
Have you noticed how the driving inspector always has a checklist of items to go through before starting a lesson? Things you did right and things you got wrong. Car Driving School Simulator comes with a similar list for seat belts, ignition, and headlights, in that order. There is also an option to turn on/off the music.
Another thing I found different with this particular car driving simulator was lane driving. You are required to stay on the right lane at all times. In other driving simulation apps, you are not held accountable for changing lanes. But you should be!
After every lesson, you get a detailed report on driving, road rules, and safety. Car Driving School Simulator makes you feel like you are giving a driving test and gives you the feel of the real deal.
After the training mode ends, you are allowed to enter the city in a safe environment where you must complete missions to level up.
The app is free to download and use. However, it comes with ads and some in-app purchases for unlocking additional maps and cars.
When you are driving, you are responsible for your life as well as the lives of other drivers and pedestrians. Having a basic road sense and lane etiquette can go a long way to avoid accidents and mishaps. It's always better to be late than never. S never indulge in rash driving just because your friend's birthday party is about to get over. When you learn to drive safely, you minimize the risk of landing into a mishap and can even manage to avoid one entirely.
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