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While you’re at The Chicago Auto Show this weekend, be sure to stop by the Ford display for a unique educational experience: Their “Impairment Simulator Suit”. Part of Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free community service program aimed to help young drivers improve their skills and make good choices on the road, the Impairment Simulator Suit utilizes goggles, weights and bandages that are worn to simulate what happens when someone is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and illustrate why it is so terribly dangerous to get behind the wheel in such a state.
I gave the suit a try last week during the Chicago Auto Show media preview – watch me try to “Walk the line”:
Between having my limbs weighted down and vision/hearing distorted, I could barely walk straight – it was very disconcerting, and I’m glad the Ford reps were standing by to catch me if I fell over! It’s great food for thought to help individuals understand the consequences of their actions before they make the wrong decision. Although this program is aimed at teens, I think every parent should try this as well, because there are far too many adults who engage in this kind of dangerous driving behavior. So be sure to bring your family and check it out at the Chicago Auto Show this weekend, and also visit DrivingSkillsForLife.com to view their local event schedule.