The aptly-named tool simulates a 5 MPH (that's 8 km/h for all you metric fans) accident by sliding a seat down a rail and into a metallic structure. The Convincer was brought to the UHart campus, with students being invited to go for a ride. These things have been around for as long as we can remember, but a refresher is always good.
Yours truly has had to go though this kind of experience during performance driving school and I remember it brought back the kind of soapbox racing memories I though I had suppressed.
The shock is enough to give you a reality check, one that somehow manages to take you by surprise. At first, you don’t expect the impact to be that serious, but you quickly redo the calculations as you feel the sudden deceleration’s effects on your body.
Since we’re basically talking about safety marketing here, I strongly recommend long hair as a brand ambassador. There’s nothing quite like the sight of strands of hair being thrown into the air as the impact takes place.
This might even remind people about another more or less hidden dangers of crashes - objects being left unsecured inside one’s vehicle. During a crash, that cute plastic toy sitting at the back of your car can deliver quite a punch to the back of your head.
P.S.: Hat tip to the police officers with the funny hats. Humor aside, do remember to buckle up kids, mkay?