Driving while intoxicated is one of society's biggest taboos, but hitting the road after a night out can be just as dangerous.
With so many people drinking more alcohol than usual during the Christmas period with friends, family and co-workers, Christmas is a critical time for both drivers and pedestrians.
This is where the hangover driving suit that the prestigious Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Germany developed at Ford's request comes into play. With a weight of more than 17 kilos, it is composed of a special vest, wrist and ankle weights, cap, glasses and headphones. All of these elements combined simulate the classic symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, a throbbing head, and difficulty concentrating.
The system shows how much it can weaken the driver to get behind the wheel the day after consuming alcohol and the risk that driving in that state can represent for all road users.[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJJwm9MWpcc[/embedyt]
"We conducted a lot of studies, including an analysis of our own abilities after a night of social drinking," says Gundolf Meyer-Hentschel, CEO of the Meyer-Hentschel Institute. “For the hangover driving suit we have included headphones that recreate the increased sensitivity to sound, as well as the typical acoustic experiences of a migraine. In addition, a special piece for the head, together with the glasses, simulates the sensation of dizziness and headache ”.
Among those who have already tried the suit in the first person is Dr Richard Stephens, Professor of Psychology at Keele University in the UK, an expert hangover alcohol researcher.
"Very often, people don't realize to what degree the hangover affects their core abilities to do anything," says Professor Stephens. "The hangover driving suit draws attention to that issue directly and loudly."