The Central Bedfordshire crash car, OSCAR, has been enhanced with the addition of two new films to depict the dangers of drink driving, and the vulnerability of other road users.
Launched earlier this year, OSCAR is used to promote road safety to young drivers throughout Central Bedfordshire and is kitted out with technology to simulate the experience of being in a car crash.
To make the experience “as realistic as possible”, the road safety team originally created two short films; the first focusing on in-car distractions and the second, looking at tyre safety.
The films are displayed on the front windscreen of the car, with the sound system, hydraulic suspension, smoke machine and light show all adding to the crash-car experience.
The two new videos, produced by FirstCar on behalf of Central Bedfordshire’s road safety team, feature live rear view mirror footage and were filmed using a rear-mounted camera capturing hazards such as filtering bikes.
For the drink driving scenario, ‘vision blur’ has been superimposed to mimic the effects of double vision caused by drinking alcohol.
James Evans from FirstCar said: “Crash cars are a great engagement tool at outside events as occupants get to experience the knocks and bumps caused by poor driving first hand.
“However, feedback often shows that participants can feel powerless to the scenario evolving in front of them, when in fact, they should be empowered to make better decisions.
“We began by breaking down the two minute scenario into smaller mini-scenarios that would play-out in sequence. Hazards evolve and risks are introduced as the scenes progress, with the option for vehicle’s operator to interact very briefly between clips. The rear view mirror adds a more realistic dimension in relation to eye scanning and hazard perception.”
Cllr Brian Spurr, Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “OSCAR is really good way to promote safer driving to our residents and we’re glad to be able to add the new films to the collection.
“Both the new films are relevant to all road users and we hope people who see the films take what they have learnt onto the roads to make them a safe place for all.”