Simulator Teaches Teens the Danger of Distracted Driving

Simulator Teaches Teens the Danger of Distracted Driving

Simulator Teaches Teens the Danger of Distracted Driving

The PEERS Foundation is using augmented reality to teach young motorists the dangers of distracted driving.

The program lets high schoolers get behind the wheel of a real-life car while wearing a special AR headset that projects a virtual road.

Participants at Bellows Falls Union High School had to drive while fielding distractions from their cellphones, friends and the car stereo.

Observers used sensors to track how distractions affected the students’ performances.

“Sometimes we’ll ask them to take a selfie or send a text just so they see how easy it is to get into a crash in a safe environment,” said Mike Mendenorp from the PEERS Foundation.”

Mendenorp said small choices made behind the wheel are amplified, and small distractions can have a significant impact on the lives of others.

The program is being hosted at Mansfield Union High School on Tuesday.

By |2018-10-18T14:33:22+00:00October 18th, 2018|ARDDES|Comments Off on Simulator Teaches Teens the Danger of Distracted Driving