If are not aware of the effects of drugs on driving, Ford developed a special suit to simulate the consequences of such a dangerous mix.
How would it be to drive under the influence of drugs? This is not a question you frequently ask yourself, but if you do, Ford comes to your aid by developing a unique suit which helps teach young people the dangerous effects of driving under the influence of illegal drugs. The automaker has worked together with scientists from Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany to simulate some of the effects of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, including slower reaction time, distorted vision, hand tremors and poor coordination. The new Drugged Driving Suit will be incorporated into Ford Driving Skills for Life, the young driver program that has provided training to more than 500,000 people around the world through hands-on and online tuition since its inception 11 years ago.
Like the Drunk Driving Suit that Ford included into the Driving Skills for Life program last year, the new Drugged Driving suit simulates the effects of reduced mobility, vision and coordination with padding and ankle weights, goggles and headphones. “Driving after taking illegal drugs can have potentially fatal consequences for the driver, their passengers, and other road users,” said James Graham, global program manager for Ford Driving Skills for Life. “We have already seen first-hand the eye-opening effect that our Drunk Driving Suit has had on those who wear it, and are confident that our new Drugged Driving Suit will have a similar impact.”
Recent national data shows drugged driving on the rise. According to the most recent findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 18 percent of all motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine. A NHTSA roadside survey also found that 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs.