Road safety websites provide an extremely useful service. Drivers need to be informed of the current rules of the road, but websites representing safety organisations don’t really do it in an accessible way. The Scottish Road Safety Campaign’s getinlane.com is different. It still has a lot of informative text for visitors to read, but it also uses games and quizzes to get people talking about road safety around the office.
This site even has large sections dedicated to young and learner drivers. Sections covered include night driving, bad weather driving, mobile phone law and penalties.
The drink and drug-driving section includes a legal limit calculator. Here, a separate window opens and users are asked by a bouncer to input their vital statistics.
Users then choose a drink, or drinks, from the bar. After each drink the user can choose to go home, at which point the number of units of alcohol consumed will appear.
It can’t be used as an exact guide, but it’s a fun way of finding out.
Fleet managers can also find how much they know about drink-drive laws with ‘the wheel of misfortune’.
Multiple choice questions appear and if one is answered incorrectly a punishment is allocated by the wheel. I learnt, for example, that in Bulgaria, drink-drivers convicted for a second time face execution. I was ‘fined’. I wonder what would happen to the number of drink-drive incidents in the UK if a similar system was adopted?
The site can also test drivers’ reaction times with a reaction tester game. Drivers must react quickly to changing traffic lights by clicking on the brake icon. Again, this isn’t an official test for reaction times, but it is supported by warnings and tips about the effects of fatigue.
The site: www.getinlane.com.
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