Ford’s educating new drivers with ‘Drugged Driving Suit’ 0

Ever wondered what driving high feels like but you’re not stupid enough to actually try it? Well, Ford has does the hard work for you.

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Teaming up with scientists from the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany, Ford has developed a ‘suit’ that simulates being under the influence of illegal drugs. The ‘Drugged Driving Suit’ as it’s been named, comes after the success of last year’s ‘Drunk Driving Suit’. Ford’s new drug-suit will be used alongside the drunk-suit as part of their free Ford Driving Skills for Life (FDSL) training program.

The number of people driving under the influence of drugs is increasing, with young people admitting they believe it’s less dangerous than drunk-driving. To combat the rising statistics, Ford has designed this educational suit to help show people the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs. Findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 18% of all driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol.

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The suit was designed to simulate the effects of being under the influence of illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and ecstasy. Common reactions to taking these drugs include: distorted vision, slower reaction times, hand tremors and poor coordination. The suit features goggles, headphones, weights and padding, all to help simulate the way illegal drugs restrict your mobility and impair your vision.

The goggles involve flashing lights and the wrist bandages cause hand tremors, both known side effects from taking certain drugs. In the video Ford has provided below, you can see how the drugged driving suit works and how the two test-drivers get on with the simulation.

Video and images via Ford Europe’s YouTube channel.

“Driving after taking illegal drugs can have potentially fatal consequences for the driver, their passengers, and other road users,” says James Graham, global program manager for FDSL. “We have already seen first-hand the eye-opening effect that our Drunk Driving Suit has had on those who wear it, and we are confident that our new Drugged Driving Suit will have a similar impact.”

The international FSDL program focuses on new drivers aged between 18 and 24, teaching them helpful skills and extra road safety awareness. The free training program can be accessed whether you have a valid driving license or not.