We drove a car while high – using Ford’s drug-drive simulator suit

We drove a car while high – using Ford’s drug-drive simulator suit


Today I’ve come to Ford’s Technical
Research Center in Denton in Essex. Here they’ve developed a suit which is
claimed to replicate what it’s like to be on drugs.
Ford is trying to discourage young drivers from driving while under the
influence so I’m going to put the suit on, get behind the wheel in a safe and
controlled environment and see what happens. I’ve been told to do a slalom around
these cones here already I know that this feels really already hit one so it
feels really wrong getting in the car it’s it’s just your mind is telling you
like you shouldn’t be in this situation it’s whether the sounds and the vision
and just being deeply uncomfortable it’s very very strange – a recent European
study found drivers are up to 30 times more likely to be involved in a fatal
crash after taking illegal drugs due to the slower reaction times impaired
vision and hand tremors they can cause despite this an average of 400 arrests
are made for drug driving offences in the UK every month – rather than
simulating the effects of one drug in particular the suit uses glasses
headphones weights straps and a tremor device to give a broad idea of how your
driving is affected by taking drugs or drinking alcohol – this exercise is part
of Ford’s driving skills for life program which lets young drivers try the
suit and receive extra tuition on closed roads. Okay so we’ve just done a bit of driving
with all this kit on I’m gonna take the headphones off so I can hear myself talk
it’s a really strange experience as I’m sure you can imagine the vision you have
it really does feel like you’re not in a situation to be driving clearly your
mind is sort of telling you like you shouldn’t be doing this this is not the
right thing to be doing right now the vision again it’s sort of when you have
had a few drinks and you’re not really in a good position to drive that is what
it feels like and it’s what it looks like it’s quite scary to be honest there
were sort of sensations there I recognise and yeah I wouldn’t want to
get in a car feeling like that it’s definitely a deterrent to experience
this and actually try and drive so yeah I guess I guess it works – this may not
have been the most scientific experiment but raising awareness of what drugs and
alcohol can do to our senses and ability to drive is still hugely important and
while the suit can’t mimic the extra confidence drugs and alcohol give us,
memories of trying to drive while wearing it will hopefully leave a
lasting impression on anyone taking part in the program

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