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Crash Ed

Helpful Crash Education Training Provided For You That Could Save Your Life

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, 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 plus filmed results of vehicle crash tests, Jones explains in anything but lecture style the concept of inertia, the relationship between crash forces and inertia, momentum and impulse, and a lot more.


Understanding Car Crashes - When Physics Meets Biology

Why do some car crashes produce only minor injuries? How can a single crash of a car into a wall involve three separate collisions? Griff Jones, award winning science teacher, returns to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety'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.


Reducing Your Risks In The Crash

The best way to reduce the risks is to make sure everyone in the vehicle is effectively restrained.  This video uses test footage of what happens during crashes to show how to get the most from occupant restraints.  For example, it shows how to buckle up properly and why you should sit back from the steering wheel and airbag.


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 to reduce the risks. This video highlights the stories of three teens who's lives ended too soon and examines common factors such as inexperience, immaturity and speeding that lead to many crashes involving young, novice drivers.

Young Drivers: The High Risk Years


"Inside IIHS: Crash test photography" explores what it takes to produce the high-quality, slow-motion footage needed

to learn exactly what happened in a crash test and to communicate those findings to the media and the public.

Inside IIHS: The High Risk Years


An antilock braking system (ABS) reduces the risk of a motorcycle crash. ABS prevents wheels from locking up, and that's crucial on a motorcycle.  On a car, a lockup might result in a skid. On a motorcycle, it often means a serious fall.  The rate of fatal crashes is 31 percent lower for motorcycles equipped with optional antilock brakes than for the same models without them.

Motorcycle Antilock Brakes


IIHS Crash Test: 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu

In the 50 years since U.S. Carriers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu.  In a real-world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.

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