For years, car manufacturers, schools and nonprofit organizations have tried to decrease instances of drunk driving through educational programs and events. While it’s essential that we give attention to this rampant issue, Ford has decided to target an additional safety problem that we face on the roads: driving under the influence of drugs besides alcohol.

Ford had already created a drunk driving suit, which replicates the effects of alcohol to show drivers how consuming adult beverages affects their ability to drive safely. Following the success of this educational tool, the company recently built a Drugged Driving Suit. According to the NHTSA, approximately 18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol. As a result, Ford will incorporate the suit into its Ford Driving Skills for Life Program, a new driver-education program that provides free training around the world.

The Drugged Driving Suit was invented in collaboration with the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany and is meant to imitate the effects of drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, heroin and cocaine. Headphones play background music to distract and confuse the driver, while vision impairment glasses create blurred vision, tunnel vision and flashing lights. Neck and elbow bandages restrict and slow movements as the driver tries to maneuver the vehicle. There’s a tremor generator that causes shaky hands and wrist weights slow reaction time in addition to throwing off the driver’s balance.

Contact our Ford dealership near Greer, SC, to learn more about the Ford Driving Skills for Life Program and peruse our inventory!