30/06/2006

Interactive DVD launched for young drivers

An interactive DVD has been launched for young drivers to increase their awareness of accident hazards.

The DVD, which is called 'Now that's what I call Worst Hits', stars streetwise cartoon characters Gaz, Shaz and Chaz and sets out the ten most common accident scenarios likely to involve young drivers - and their consequences.

Police crash investigators helped the Highways Agency to identify the most common pitfalls for young drivers, including:

  • overtaking on roundabouts


  • not concentrating on the road ahead


  • lane hopping


  • driver and/or passengers not wearing seatbelts


  • a right turn across traffic


  • overtaking a vehicle that's waiting to turn right


  • taking bends too fast


  • collision at a junction


The DVD features the state of the art fusion of 2D and 3D graphics to present the most likely crash scenarios in a contemporary 'top 10' style and is narrated by actor Tom Baker.

In each scenario, players have three possible actions, one of which is safe and two which are risky, and they make their choice and then see the consequences of their actions.

The DVD is designed for use in an educational setting and is supported by the Driving Standards Agency and the Department for Transport's Think! road safety campaign.

Copies of the DVD will be made available to organisations who work with young people, including the fire service, police, local authorities and others.

The Highways Agency said that 16-19-year-olds are more likely to be killed or seriously injured on England's motorways and major A roads than any other age group.

Road Safety Minister Stephen Ladyman said: "Young people may pride themselves on their fast reactions, but research shows they often fail to spot hazards and are more likely to take risks on the road.

"Every death or injury affects not just those involved, but families and friends too, so everyone - young and old - has a vital role to play in reducing even further the number of accidents on our roads."

(KMcA/GB)

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