An educational resource that helps users of all ages better understand a driver’s reaction time, and how different factors affect concentration, is now available to all schools across Scotland.
The Road Safety Reaction Timer has been designed by Fifex in collaboration with the road safety team at Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre (SSERC).
Now, thanks to a partnership with Transport Scotland, every school and road safety team in Scotland has access to the company’s unique ‘plug ‘n’ play’ device, which aims to highlight reaction time, thinking distance and braking distance in a fun, interactive way.
Michael McDonnell, director of Road Safety Scotland, said: “The reaction timer is an excellent addition to existing road safety education resources in Scotland. Road Safety Scotland is delighted to be supporting the roll-out to local road safety teams, who are working with their schools to incorporate the reaction timer activities into lessons and making valuable links with the Curriculum for Excellence.”
After pressing a ‘start’ button, the intuitive desktop device calculates a random time at which to activate the ‘hazard’ – a flashing LED that then remains permanently on. The time taken for the user to hit the ‘stop’ button provides the person’s reaction time. Users then have the ability to explore the relationship between their reaction time and their thinking and braking distance against speed and road conditions. The device is also available with audible hazard and foot pedals, for added reality.
Craig Harvey, managing director of FifeX, said: “The device is innovative and has attracted a lot of attention from road safety teams throughout the UK.
“Anecdotal evidence shows users are gaining a more comprehensive understanding of road safety as a result of the device, which challenges people’s thinking in an interactive way. By introducing other things such as operating a mobile phone, radio or SatNav while still trying to use the device, we are able to highlight how concentration and reaction times alter dramatically.
“We’ve even taken the reaction timer out of schools and into pubs to highlight to adults the effect alcohol has on response time; it definitely got worse as the night wore on!”
For more information contact Craig Harvey on +44 (0) 1382 554405.