It was a simulated experience with a real feel. College students learned Tuesday just how dangerous distracted driving is.

“The Arrive Alive Tour” arrived at  American International College in Springfield Tuesday. Through the “Arrive Alive” virtual reality experience, students learned that distracted driving makes them 23 times more liable to have an accident when they take their eyes off the road for just a few seconds.

“I learned that you’re way more distracted when you’re texting than I originally thought. I had no idea how much faster I’d be driving,” said AIC graduate student Danielle Campbell. 

The simulator operators who travel the country impressing college students with the dangers of driving and texting have seen a disturbing trend among these young adults.

“All the over confidence, people believing that they can text with no problem. Believing that driving on maybe Marijuana is not a problem with them on the road. Because they’re in control, they don’t have a problem,” said simulator operator Mallory Mackenzie. 

“The Arrive Alive Tour” has visited numerous colleges throughout the country. They leave behind a national highway safety message, drivers under 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related deadly accidents.