This highly unusual video (DVD) features veteran crash investigator Mike Pehl analyzing 16 different wrecked cars during a field trip to a salvage yard with a group of teenage students.
Based on the physical damage to each individual vehicle, Pehl explains the kind of crashes that occurred and the opportunities which the drivers likely had to avoid collision or minimize injury. His explanations include startling details about safety features and automobile engineering, which will provoke viewers of all ages to consider their choices while in control of a car. The importance of using a seatbelt is illustrated especially clearly through Pehl's evidence-based analysis.
This DVD is filled with fascinating information that will stimulate meaningful classroom discussions. Pehl's explanations are riveting, but do not cross the line from educational to voyeuristic. The DVD can be viewed as 16 separate segments to coordinate with other curriculum, or played as 23 continuous minutes.
Segment titles are: Junk in the Trunk; Picture-Perfect; Just a Little Tiny T-Bone; Two Feet and a Seatbelt; Nose in the Windshield; Cut in Half by a 2 1/2" Strap; Your Windshield is Your Roll Bar; Six Inches & a Telephone Pole; A Thousand Splinters of Glass; Car Fire; Foot-Knee-Hip; Multi-Million Dollar Claim; You Won't Need an Ambulance; The Innocent Driver Dies; Broken Metal.