This high-tech equipment aims to help attract new people to the driving industry, addressing the shortage of skilled drivers and consequently help people get into work and out of unemployment.

The driving simulator is a high-end piece of technology and built on hydraulics, meaning it moves and can be adapted to prepare drivers for all types of driving conditions; wet weather, snow and icy roads, city driving and country driving. It can also be adapted to simulate different weighted vehicles, offering a more realistic experience for would-be drivers. It also allows ARC to assess drivers more thoroughly than in a standard vehicle by creating specific scenarios and hazards which drivers may otherwise be unprepared for. The driving simulator also supports safe and defensive driving training in a controlled environment and saves on average 5-7% on training fuel for typical haulage companies per annum.

ARC is hoping that the driving simulator will help attract more drivers to the industry, and with their CPC approved ‘Train the Trainer’ course – businesses can hire out the simulator to train their own drivers. Their FTA approved course is currently the only one of its kind in the UK.

Adam Miller, ARC Operations Director comments: “We’re thrilled to be launching our new service as we see out what has been a turbulent year for many. We are hoping that our simulator will provide a safe and efficient learning space for future drivers whilst reducing costs for our clients, and hopefully encourage more people into driving jobs amidst nation-wide COVID-19 redundancies.”

As part of the launch, ARC took the driving simulator to Magnus Group; the haulage, warehousing and freight forwarding company in Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

CEO Olly Magnus comments: “Recruiting drivers is becoming more of a challenge as there is a real shortage in the industry. Attracting new people to driving is hard and despite wages being higher than the UK average, people tend to overlook a career in driving for other industries. Having had a go on the simulator, I can see how it offers a realistic driving experience in a safe, controlled environment and could play a fundamental part in the training process for any newcomers. It will hopefully help promote and attract people to an industry where they can benefit from a successful and enjoyable career.”

ARC have been supplying ASDA with quality drivers across the South East of England. Ian Jones of ASDA adds: “ARC have been utilising their driving simulator to provide agency assessments and ongoing training to our HGV operators throughout the whole of the South-East region. During such unprecedented times, it’s been a relief to know that our drivers are in safe hands and are receiving the very best training using the latest technology.”