Alabama Teens Practice in Distracted Driving Simulator
The 4th Annual Crash Course Teen Driving Summit took place today at the Pelhem Civic Center in Alabama. On a national average, Alabama ranks high for teen driving fatalities and injuries. The event held today helped to simulate the dangers of distracted driving. Some of the tests given to the teens included: wearing goggles to simulate drunkenness and trying to walk a straight line, playing games to improve driving skills, and a virtual reality simulator where the teen drivers were tested with real-life driving situations, and were tested on texting while driving. As a result of the text and driving simulation, most students wound up “crashing” the car within 10 seconds. One of the students in the simulator wound up having an accident when a car pulled out in front of him, and again when he attempted to text while driving. The project hopes to help teenagers realize the dangers of driving distractedly while keeping them in an environment that would not cause actual injury. The teens were also reminded not to get in the car with drivers who have been drinking, and other safety precautions.