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Young Drivers: The High Risk Years
Blu-ray or DVD | 2011 | color | sound | 19 minutes | closed-captioned
Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage for teenagers, but it also marks the start of their most dangerous years on the road. Teen drivers have much higher crash rates than adults. Fortunately, there are ways parents can help to reduce the risks. This video highlights the stories of three teens whose lives ended too soon and examines common factors such as inexperience, immaturity, and speeding that lead to many crashes involving young, novice drivers.
Teens interviewed speak frankly about their driving habits. They recount crashes and near misses. They describe minding their manners when grown-ups are along for the ride but relaxing the rules when they're with friends.
Institute experts provide insight into the crucial role parents play by enforcing their state's graduated licensing laws, establishing their own rules, and providing plenty of supervised time behind the wheel.
Keeping Children Safe In Crashes
DVD | 2011 | color | sound | 13 minutes | closed-captioned
More than 1,000 children 12 and younger die in passenger vehicle crashes every year, and more than 100,000 are injured. Parents can reduce the risk to their kids by properly securing them in the back seats. This video helps parents choose the right kind of restraint for a child's age and size and provides general information on installation and use.
The DVD is divided into five segments:
Understanding Car Crashes: When Physics Meets Biology
DVD | 2008 | color | sound | 16x9 | 24 minutes | closed-captioned
Why do some car crashes produce only minor injuries? How can a single crash of a car into a wall involve three separate collisions? Griff Jones, award-winning science teacher, returns to the Institute's Vehicle Research Center to answer these questions and to examine the laws of nature that determine what happens to the human body in a crash.
Jones reviews levels of organization in the body and explains how body cavities house and protect major internal organs. Through creative experiments, he explores how the third collision can cause injuries to organs. He introduces the concepts of stress and strain. He demonstrates how shockwaves can damage tissue and what happens at the cellular level.
Tools from the field of injury biomechanics, like biofidelic crash test dummies, help doctors and engineers determine what works to reduce injuries and deaths in crashes. The key to preventing injuries in any type of crash, whether it's in a race car or a family sedan, is to reduce forces on occupants. Extending impact time, keeping the occupant compartment intact, and tying occupants to the compartment are what keep people safe in car crashes when physics meets biology.
Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics
DVD | 2000 | color | sound | 22 minutes | closed-captioned
Bundled DVD set of Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics and Understanding Car Crashes: When Physics Meets Biology - $20 for online credit card purchases; $25 for mail-in check
What happens to vehicles and their occupants in crashes is determined by science. "You can't argue with the laws of physics," says Griff Jones, award-winning high school physics teacher who goes behind the scenes at the Institute's Vehicle Research Center to explore the basic science behind car crashes. Using a series of vehicle maneuvers on a test track plus filmed results of vehicle crash tests, Jones explains in anything but lecture style the concept of inertia, the relationship between crash forces and inertia, momentum and impulse, and a lot more.
From Paul G. Hewitt, the developer of the "Conceptual Physics" curriculum and author of the best selling text book by the same name: "The video "Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics" and accompanying teacher's guide are wonderful. The pacing is excellent, the coverage fascinating, and most importantly, the physics is correct. It's a first rate teaching package. I give it five stars!"
Reducing your risks in the crash
DVD | 1996 | color | sound | 9 minutes | closed-captioned
The best way to reduce the risks is to make sure everyone in the vehicle is effectively restrained. This video uses test footage of what happens during crashes to show how to get the most from occupant restraints. For example, it shows how to buckle up properly and why you should sit back from the steering wheel and airbag.
Making safer roads
DVD or VHS | 1995 | color | sound | 12 minutes
More than one in four deaths on US roads involves hitting a hazard along the roadside, not another vehicle. In this video, experts explain which roadside hazards are the worst and how to alleviate them.
Sober thoughts on drinking and driving
DVD | 1992 | color | sound | 14 minutes | closed-captioned
People are becoming more responsible about how they use alcohol in relation to driving. Still, there's plenty of alcohol-impaired driving left. Too many people are dying. This video focuses on a range of effective measures to reduce the problem.
Helmet laws: whose freedom?
DVD | 1991 | color | sound | 8 minutes | closed-captioned
When motorcyclists crash, the results can be disastrous. This is especially true in the case of brain injuries. This video illustrates the consequences of riding without a helmet.
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