Showing posts with label Distracted Driving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Distracted Driving. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Two Games That Illustrate the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Last week someone emailed me looking for some alternatives to an old New York Times feature called Gauging Your Distraction. It was a Flash-based game that illustrated the danger of texting while driving. I didn't have any alternatives in my archives so I did a quick Google search and came up with a couple of alternatives to Gauging Your Distraction. These games are designed to help students see how easy it is to miss something important just by glancing at a phone screen for a second while driving. 

Driven to Distraction is a game in which players have to try to read and answer text messages that pop onto the screen while a view of the road scrolls along. While answering the messages players also have to look out for road signs and stop whenever a stop sign appears. The game is pretty basic, but effective. It should be noted that the game is hosted by Kwik Fit which is a UK-based tire store so the hosting of this game is probably more of an SEO play than anything else.

Cards of Distractability is a game that challenges players to respond to text messages from a friend while also taking note of the road signs while traveling down the road. At the end of the game players try to identify which signs did or didn't go past them. This game is hosted by a law firm that is probably hosting the game as an SEO tactic (it worked). 

And on a related note, here's a video about testing your ability to make observations about changes around you. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Stop Making Videos While Driving

YouTube and Facebook are filled with people publishing selfie videos that were recorded while driving. I don't know why this type of video is popular. I do know that every time I see one I think about how dangerous that is. Tom Scott visited the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator to find out how dangerous it is to talk to a camera while driving. Watch his video to find out what happens when you record a selfie video while driving.

Applications for Education
Please share this video with the teenage drivers in your life. If nothing else, show them the last minute of the video.

On a related note, Gauging Your Distraction is an excellent online game that show students how difficult it is to navigate traffic while reading and replying to text messages.