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In addition to the content available on our extensive YouTube channel, the Institute offers educational and consumer safety videos which provide engaging overviews of highway safety topics for students, parents and policymakers.

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Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics

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, an 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 and crash test footage, Jones explains the concept of inertia, the relationship between crash forces and inertia, momentum and impulse, and much more.

"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!" — Paul G. Hewitt, the developer of the "Conceptual Physics" curriculum and author of the best selling text book by the same name

DVD | 2000 | 22 minutes | Closed Captioned | Additional materials for teachers are included.

Science teachers and students: This video and STEM content for grades 5-12 is available on the free IIHS-HLDI in the Classroom site.

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Understanding Car Crashes: When Physics Meets Biology

Why do some crashes produce only minor injuries? How can a single crash of a car into a wall involve three separate collisions? Award-winning science teacher Griff Jones 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, demonstrates how shockwaves can damage tissue and describes what happens at the cellular level.

DVD | 2008 | 24 minutes | Closed Captioned | Additional materials for teachers are included.

Science teachers and students: This video and STEM content for grades 5-12 is available on the free IIHS-HLDI in the Classroom site.

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Young Drivers: The High Risk Years

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 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. Institute experts describe 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.

Blu-ray or DVD | 2011 | 19 minutes | Closed Captioned

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Making Safer Roads

More than 1 in 4 deaths on U.S. 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.

DVD | 1995 | 12 minutes | Closed Captioned

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Sober Thoughts on Drinking and Driving

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.

DVD | 1992 | 14 minutes | Closed Captioned

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Helmet Laws: Whose Freedom?

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.

DVD | 1991 | 8 minutes | Closed Captioned

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