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Virtual Reality

Benefit from using a fully-immersive virtual reality driving simulator before getting behind-the-wheel.

Allow your student to practice in an environment where it is safe to fail. Our virtual reality training program exposes our students to complex driving situations without actually driving a car.

Your student will experience multiple scenarios that introduce traffic, weather, road conditions, and in-car distractions. We can also move the students from a passenger car to a light-duty pick-up truck.

Virtual reality driving simulations can increase situational awareness, coordination, and muscle memory. Students also tend to learn very well using this technology. Retention rates up to 70% better than traditional methods have been proven in academic studies. 

We can test a driver's skillsets BEFORE they ever sit behind-the-wheel. The data from performance tracking is a good predictor of how a driver will react in the real world.

Leading the Way in Driver Ed

Columbia River Driver Education is the only school authorized by the state of Oregon to use advanced technology as a substitution for the six hours of required in-car observation. Our program consists of 10 hours (four hours of virtual reality training and six hours of self-paced online study). Instead of spending hours in the car watching other students drive, your student is fully engaged in virtual reality driving simulations. 

  • ODOT Approved Hybrid package plus VR under 18

    This package combines evening Zoom classes during the school week with Saturday in-person training. There will be two 1-hour Zoom sessions in the evening and a 3-hour in-person session on Saturday.

    Students in this program receive:

    • 34 hours of classroom
    • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
    • 6 hours of observation of behind-the-wheel instruction
    • 2 1-hour of virtual reality training

    Virtual reality will put the students into scenarios they struggle with or will not see in St. Helens. 

  • ODOT Approved Hybrid package plus VR and extra drives under 18

    This package combines evening Zoom classes during the school week with Saturday in-person training. There will be two 1-hour Zoom sessions in the evening and a 3-hour in-person session on Saturday.

    Students in this program receive:

    • 34 hours of classroom
    • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
    • 6 hours of observation of behind-the-wheel instruction
    • 4 hours of extra behind-the-wheel instruction
    • 2 hours of virtual reality

    Virtual reality will put the students into scenarios they struggle with or will not see in St. Helens. 

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    $1100

  • Virtual Reality

    Do Virtual Reality first to see if there is a capability to drive. If you have driving experience use Virtual Reality to work on a few problem areas or gain experience in situations you have not driven before. You can fail here with no consequences. It will be scheduled in 2 1-hour increments. 

Hybrid Training

Saint Helens

Apr 9 - Jun 6
6:00 pm
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This is the 2024 Term 2 hybrid course. This class will have two 1 hour Zoom classes during the week and a 3 hour in person session on Saturday.

Jun 18 - Aug 1
7:00 pm
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This package combines evening Zoom classes during the school week with Saturday in person training. There will be two 2-hour Zoom sessions during the week and a 3-hour in-person session on Saturday. Students in this program receive 34-hours of classroom instruction, 6-hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and 6-hours of observation of behind-the-wheel instruction.

Jul 30 - Sep 12
6:00 pm
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This package combines evening Zoom classes during the school week with Saturday in person training. There will be two 2-hour Zoom sessions during the week and a 3-hour in-person session on Saturday. Students in this program receive 35-hours of classroom instruction, 6-hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and 6-hours of observation of behind-the-wheel instruction.

Oregon City

Jun 18 - Aug 1
6:00 pm
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This package combines Zoom classes during the week with Saturday in person training. There will be two 2-hour Zoom sessions during the week and a 3-hour in-person session on Saturday. Students in this program receive 35-hours of classroom instruction, 6-hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and 6-hours of observation of behind-the-wheel instruction.

Virtural Reality Driving Similulator Screenshot