We've all heard about the dangers of drunk driving for practically our entire lives. Whether it's from PSAs on TV or lectures in school, no one can claim ignorance of drunk driving being extremely dangerous. However, that doesn't prevent some people from still doing it. Ford is trying to take the safety message directly to young drivers with a special suit that allows them to simulate driving under the influence.

It is all part of Ford's Driving Skills for Life program that gives free driving education to young people. The program is meant to "train kids in skills they don't learn in driver's ed," said Kelli Felker, Ford Safety Communications Manager, to Autoblog. The drivers don a few items to impair their senses and make them off-balance to simulate having a few too many drinks and then go out on a closed course with an instructor to see the effects.

Felker said that the suit is a new part of the program, and Ford just received the outfit in the US. It will be incorporated into the training here in the late spring or early summer. Scroll down to see the effect it has on drivers in Europe.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Poppy tried her best. Leave her alone.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is retarded. Why would they make her wear the "retard suit" when she could just have three beers and then see how the alcohol REALLY affects her on a closed course? Problem is, the influence of alcohol isn't an on-off switch, and they don't want to admit this. Many studies have shown that the effects of moderate alcohol consumption are completely negligible on closed course testing. Its generally only when motor skills are impacted, which requires considerable amounts of alcohol, that you see measurable results on a closed course. Smaller amounts of alcohol can give a false sense of confidence and risk taking on the road, but that doesn't usually show up on a test and is mild. Unfortunately, the disinformation causes many to completely dismiss these PSAs since they aren't trustworthy impartial sources of information.
        Dr. Margie M
        • 1 Year Ago
        Good posting but please refrain from using "retard" as that is hurtful and unnecessary in today's language.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dr. Margie M
          I agree w your premise but 'retard suit' like 'retarded growth' (Ie in the economy) is a legitimate use of the word retarded insofar as it isn't about people (of any intellectual or social limitations) but about SUITS and GROWTH. Again, agree w you but your argument is lost when the context is not considered.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dr. Margie M
          Oh my. How politically correct.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I prefer to do my drunk driving the old fashioned way.
      PTC DAWG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smart phone distractions are just as bad.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PTC DAWG
        Worse, actually…because they're more frequent and the penalties are no where near as strict.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Problem is she didn't have confidence with all this stuff on. Give her a few drinks and she will have enough go in her to drive the car and the male instructor at the same time...that is what drinking does
      • 1 Year Ago
      not as much fun as the real thing
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap, a girl without a pound of cake on her face. I think I'm in love
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet! I'll get one of these suits to practice.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor driver training has always been the main source of accidents.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you're not supposed to drive drunk, why do you need a drivers license to buy alcohol?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos for trying, but if you want to simulate it, give people drinks and a safe environment in which to experience the true effects. Just because you feel drunk, doesn't mean you've lost inhibition or sense of judgement, which alcohol does impair.
      • 1 Year Ago
      would smash
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