Invisible Menace scientific documentary to help you withstand wind and weather

02 March 2015

Drivers and pedestrians will learn about weather influence on road safety from Invisible Menace film, the first Russian popular science film on this issue. The documentary was made in context of Safety Forecast – a large-scale social campaign initiated by the Russian Association of Motor Insurers and the State Road Traffic Inspectorate at the Ministry of Interior. 

Invisible Menace screening will start on February 24 and will take place in Simferopol, Sevastopol, Krasnodar, Tyumen, Astrakhan, Chelyabinsk, Elista, Ufa, Volgograd, Yoshkar-Ola, and Voronezh – all cities that are the sites of the main Safety Forecast campaign events. Screening site choice – universities and driving schools – has a reason behind it; according to a joint Road Safety Russia and The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center survey nearly half of the drivers got insufficient information or no information at all on driving in bad weather during their driving school classes, – new half hour film will help rectify the situation. Relevance for university screening is beyond doubt as well – university students are the ones that make up for most of the people enrolled in driving schools.

The film is made in form of a puzzle-investigation; road safety experts employ scientific analysis method to find out the real cause for road accidents occurring in bad weather, and explain what really lies behind the phrase “the driver failed to control the car”. Special effects and 3D modeling are used to illustrate the effect that water in its various aggregative states has on road adherence; micrographs and slow-motion help the viewer to see the process in details that are usually overlooked by drivers and pedestrians.

Story line shows us the protagonist on his way to work, facing various obstacles on the road: slippery road, fatigue, poor visibility. Every “menace” is given a scientific explanation, as well as the advice on its prevention; information is provided by such road safety experts, as Deputy Chief of the Russian National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at the Ministry of Interior Vladimir Kuzin, president of the Russian Association of Motor Insurers Igor Yurgens, head of the situational center Hydromet Yuri Varakin, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring center Sergey Yamshchikov, and others.



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