A driver-training game
In a post yesterday, I included a YouTube video of a Russian dash-cam compilations: various things (mostly accidents, none gory) captured on the dash-cams Russians seem to commonly have in their cars. The dash cams catch a lot of amazing stuff—a lightning strike, for instance, or a tree falling—but also a LOT of traffic accidents, most involving damage to or destruction of one or more vehicles. I found that watching a long sequence of these drives home some lessons:
about speed and turning radius
about securely tying down a load
about changing lanes safely (or not)
about driving too fast for road conditions
about driving too fast for light conditions
about passing on the right shoulder
about the unpredictability of other drivers
about the unpredictability of pedestrians
about weaving in and out of traffic
about driving while drunk
It’s really interesting to get a sequence of “Problem example: define the mistake!” problems, in effect.
it occurs to me that a good game would be to watch the video with a novice driver,, stop after each clip in the video, and compete to see who can name the greatest number of mistakes (e.g., pedestrian crossing not at crosswalk, pedestrian not wary, driver driving too fast, driver not in control of vehicle, driver smashes vehicle into tree—that sort of thing. I bet they would look at real-life situations from a new perspective, trying to run up their score.
Here’s a video, selected at random, to get you started: