Distracted Driver Simulator Tour
In 2011, ODOT launched the Distracted Driver Simulator Tour with funding assistance from Nationwide Insurance.
The Distracted Driver Simulator features a computer-generated simulation of texting while driving. The set-up includes a steering wheel, turn indicators, gas and brake pedals. After “buckling up,” the driver takes the wheel and tries to drive with distractions.
The participant receives a phone call, sends a text message and listens to passenger conversations while driving. It doesn’t take long before the driver makes an error and is involved in a crash that results in simulated interactions with police, medical staff and a judge.
ODOT uses the simulator as a tool to educate young drivers and the public about the dangers of distracted driving. ODOT also uses it as a tool to discuss other safety issues, such as roadway departure and intersection crashes, seat belt use, speed and drunk driving, which contribute to hundreds of deaths each year.
Today, ODOT has four simulators available for free use at large public events (ex. fairs) and high schools. Its use is restricted to day-long events with a large number of people and a high probability of reaching young drivers.
Please contact the coordinator located in your region of the state (see link below) to discuss your event ideas. ODOT can only accommodate a small number of events each years. We do not schedule the simulator for company training events.
Note: We prefer in-door events because the computer equipment can be damaged by rain. Outdoor events can be reserved, but the equipment cannot be used if there is a credible threat of rain.
Fact Sheet for Distracted Driving
Fact Sheet on Ohio's Texting and Driving Ban