Allstate brings distracted driving simulator to Tulsa

Reality Rides distracted driving simulator (KTUL)

An estimated 40,000 people died in car crashes across the U.S. last year. One study finds that more than half of all crashes are related to phone distractions.

Friday evening in Tulsa, Oilers fans will get a chance to see just how dangerous a quick glance at the phone, the radio or the car's GPS can be.

Allstate's 5th annual Reality Rides simulator is making a stop here on a 50-city tour.

It's a stationary vehicle with a virtual reality, curved LED screen for a windshield that displays animated scenarios often encountered on the road.

Using the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals, participant try to navigate those situations while also trying to text, answer a phone call or use in-car tecnhology.

At the end of the simulation, they'll get a citation that details the infractions they would have committed on the road in a real-life scenario.

The Reality Rides simulator will be outside the BOK Center Friday, October 13th from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the Oilers' season opener game.

The demo is free.

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