This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Drivers Ed Tool Kit
Running Time: 19 Minutes
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This program dramatizes that most teens overestimate their driving skills and underestimate the risks involved in texting while driving, driving drowsy and driving under the influence. True to life stories accentuate these very real dangers. A young woman describes how a driver who was texting caused a crash that killed her parents and left her with severe injuries. Another teen describes falling asleep while driving and how the resulting crash left him wheel-chair bound for life. A trauma center nurse and a police officer describe the kinds of injuries they have seen for teenage victims of crashes due to alcohol and drugs. The film also shows teens participating in a driving skills program that safely exposes them to a variety of hazards and teaches them the importance of developing safe driving skills.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Bronze Telly Award
This short video examines the causes of many accidents involving young drivers. It begins with statistics about new drivers: three in 10 will have an accident in their first 12 months of driving, and car accidents are the number one cause of teen death and brain injury. In the next three segments, drunk, drowsy, and distracted driving lead to life-changing accidents. Talking on a cell phone is said to be on par with driving intoxicated, as is drowsy driving, with the risk of an accident being four times that of an unimpaired driver. Texting increases that risk to eight times. The narrator states that it is common for young drivers to underestimate the hazards of driving and overestimate their driving skills-a bad combination. A final segment introduces a StreetSafe driving program that helps young drivers learn what not to do in a car, which helps them learn what kinds of dangers they might face if they don't adjust their speed or concentrate on driving. Interviews of real people provide a good starting point for discussion in a health or driver's education class.
—Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University
School Library Journal
Highly Recommended This brief DVD deals with the particular challenges of teenage drivers, those with fewer than three or four years of driving experience. Fact: 3 out of 10 recently-licensed drivers in the U.S. are involved in car crashes. Some of the reasons: drinking while driving; using cell phones while driving; texting while driving; falling asleep at the wheel; speeding; tailgating; not wearing seatbelts. The interviews in the film make for sobering viewing. The film ends on a positive note: many high schools now incorporate “test runs” where instructors allow student drivers to “crash” at low speeds in controlled environments, to give them some appreciation of the potential difficulties of driving. Unlike older drivers, young drivers do not have a reservoir of experience to allow them to exercise caution and anticipate danger in all driving circumstances.
—Buzz Haughton, Adjunct Faculty, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)