Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?

  • Published on Nov 13, 2017
  • I'm visiting the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator, to answer a question: how unsafe is it for me to vlog while driving? Is vlogging while driving dangerous? The team at the simulator are the experts to ask.
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  • Richard Rootless
    Richard Rootless 17 days ago

    We get drivers, give them a large dose of alcohol and get them into the simulator.

  • rosemary
    rosemary 27 days ago


  • Tony Odermatt
    Tony Odermatt Month ago

    I know any cell phone use is bad, but for me I am more alert with the hand held over bluetooth. I seemed to tune everything out with the bluetooth. Maybe because I have used a hand held in non driviing for so long, is more natural tome. That being said I usually wait until I stop.

  • Sardun
    Sardun Month ago

    Dude imagine this with BeamNG graphics of NFS graphics. actually feeling near-real.

  • Yhowbyjytub310
    Yhowbyjytub310 Month ago

    Wait, so that WAS you I saw!

  • Edwin O'Gray
    Edwin O'Gray Month ago

    I don’t get it with these simulators
    All this tech and yet they don’t do anything or little to improve the graphics for the simulations

  • Qwertz Poiu
    Qwertz Poiu Month ago +1

    Which influence to the driving does talking to other people in the car have? thanks

  • chaumas
    chaumas Month ago

    How used to to driving on the right side of the road are you? Seems like that might require more cognitive effort for someone from a country that drives on the left, which might complicate these results.

  • Ben Spear
    Ben Spear 2 months ago

    Did Tom Scott just lose his job?

  • Super_
    Super_ 2 months ago

    Tom I hope you'll learn to be more aware of the road now. If you're behind the wheel, your only focus should be driving and staying focused. Don't drive if you're tired or need to piss.

  • Falc1NL
    Falc1NL 2 months ago

    Your channel really is one of the more interesting educational ones out there, Compared to seeker or something like it, you actually go to these places and show what they all do.

  • Camden Moors
    Camden Moors 2 months ago

    Ultimate jack-off machine :)

  • PsychoticusRex
    PsychoticusRex 2 months ago +1

    Which is also why Fire engine, ambulance, police and taxi drivers have such a bad reputation as they are dispatched and have to interact with things other than driving while driving. Also remember, only one of those four does not have whirly-lights on top to let you know their driving while distracted.

  • Zandonus
    Zandonus 2 months ago

    Bad human, no dopamine!

  • Oli Sto
    Oli Sto 2 months ago

    Where i live (in France) It's even illegal to chat to someone on the phone let alone making a video

  • Josh Keating
    Josh Keating 2 months ago

    I am curious though, what if you make the camera like a passenger then you talk rather than a vlogging camera.

  • T.A.S.
    T.A.S. 2 months ago +1

    And that's why I ignore my phone while driving. I turn on the radio when I set off and that's it.
    I try to pay as much attention to the road as I can. Because even if I were the greatest driver in the world (which I'm most deffinitely not) I have no idea what OTHER drivers are doing. Are they distracted by something? Impaired? Simply not paying attention? There is no way for me to know...... but I can mitigate anything they might do to me (as much as possible) by paying attention myself.

  • Zanzibane
    Zanzibane 2 months ago +1

    1:18 For fuck's sake, why would you call it NADS?

  • Scott Thomas
    Scott Thomas 2 months ago +1

    Wow I wanna get drunk and try that out, I bet people would pay to do that, I would.

    • Scott Thomas
      Scott Thomas 2 months ago

      Then again it's extremely expensive and I doubt they want a bunch of drunks in it every day.

  • Nikolay Yakimov
    Nikolay Yakimov 2 months ago

    I wonder if it's basically the same whether you're talking to a camera or to a passenger. Because I've seen a few drivers who *love* talking to passengers, and that suddenly seems vaguely concerning.

  • Johnny Appleseed
    Johnny Appleseed 2 months ago

    Do it the way car reviewers do it. Don’t look at the camera

  • Jenny DuBois
    Jenny DuBois 2 months ago

    Noooooooo! You were soooo close to me!!! Damnit!

  • voetbal12
    voetbal12 2 months ago +1

    Only shite drivers. I can guarantee I can drive better, talking on a phone and and eating a sandwich than any Asian.

  • Seargent Pugsley
    Seargent Pugsley 2 months ago +1

    Is there an age limit for this?

  • Fallout
    Fallout 2 months ago

    Does it really take a four minute video to conclude the simple answer is *YES* ?

  • Matthew Glennon
    Matthew Glennon 3 months ago

    Please put more of this raw video on your second channel or something. 🎬

  • Der Nerz
    Der Nerz 3 months ago

    18.000th like^^

  • qwerty 100
    qwerty 100 3 months ago

    I'm proud to be an Iowan

  • Hagledesperado
    Hagledesperado 3 months ago

    That is the biggest 3D printer I've ever seen.

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W 3 months ago

    Never driven drunk. I imagine just getting loaded and getting into this simulator would be terrifying.

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W 3 months ago

    Anybody else get annoyed by watching scenes on television or in movies where characters interact while driving? I've been in plenty of heated, dramatic and funny conversations while driving and I look over at my passenger about 100 times less than they do on television. I honestly think no one would notice if they stopped doing that so much. I mean, I'D certainly notice. Ok, so some people would notice. But for the better. /rant

  • mygetrichslowplan
    mygetrichslowplan 3 months ago

    Tom! I live in Iowa City! Wish I'd known you were gonna be around, I would have bought you lunch or something!

  • Menachem Salomon
    Menachem Salomon 3 months ago

    How much does switching from driving on the left to driving on the right affect Tom's driving skills or the attention paid to the road?

  • themonkeyhand
    themonkeyhand 3 months ago

    I'd like to play GTA on that.

  • swagalina
    swagalina 3 months ago

    what a cockblock, what were the results of the cannabis studies?

  • jorklind
    jorklind 3 months ago

    Funny thing is: I've had a car do an uncommanded acceleration on me once - it was quite terrifying. Especially since the engine kept accelerating after I had come to a stop.

  • hope yeah
    hope yeah 3 months ago

    well heelloo John Gaspar.....

  • Moos Gummi
    Moos Gummi 3 months ago

    Is there really a difference between talking to a camera (or a hands free phone) and talking to a passenger in your car? If so, what is it, and if not, should you tell your passengers not to talk to you (like in a bus)?

  • Ram Karlo
    Ram Karlo 3 months ago

    "EDSA, I hate you! I wish I could just ride a horse."
    A horse?!
    By the way, where is EDSA?!

  • Ram Karlo
    Ram Karlo 3 months ago

    Teacher Darcy from Pampanga says:
    "Aside from the earnings and being in control of my time, seeing my students become better English speakers is the best reward I can get out of online teaching."
    BTW, this created a question: Where is Pampanga?

  • hoObzeen
    hoObzeen 3 months ago

    there goes your science funding Kappa

  • Tomikos995
    Tomikos995 3 months ago

    But can you drift in it?

  • AndTheWinnerIs...
    AndTheWinnerIs... 3 months ago

    did they allow for your inclination to drive on the other side?

  • SimonHellinger
    SimonHellinger 3 months ago

    How much did this experience change regarding that Tom is used to left-hand driving and this was a right-hand driving simulator?

  • B D W Hardy
    B D W Hardy 3 months ago

    Citation needed

  • Marijn Bliekendaal
    Marijn Bliekendaal 3 months ago

    Why do you english people pronounce geenwich as you do and not as it should be wich is the color followed by the conjunction?

    • Thomas Blethyn
      Thomas Blethyn 3 months ago

      Possibly because it's a very old place which predates modern spelling

  • Vintage Seinfeld DVD
    Vintage Seinfeld DVD 3 months ago +1


  • Arpoky: Director of Lulz

    Now, if only the folks at the University of Iowa can learn how to drive! #IowaState #GoCyclones

  • jedith123456789
    jedith123456789 3 months ago

    Honestly Scott, I'm surprised we didn't get a video of you during the eclipse in the US a few months ago. I would have thought you'd have been all over that

  • 77gravity
    77gravity 3 months ago

    Talking on a mobile phone, even hands-free, has a detrimental effect on driving that is about the same as being 0.05 BAC (too drunk to legally drive). Note that this same effect does NOT happen (well, OK, a little bit) when you are talking to a person in the vehicle with you.
    Don't use your phone AT ALL when driving, except maybe for GPS. No texts, no calls. Not even when stopped at the traffic lights.

  • Luke Evans
    Luke Evans 3 months ago

    Has this affected the way you drive Tom? And do you plan on doing driving / talking videos again in the future?

  • Trilobyte
    Trilobyte 3 months ago

    Lay off the Bourbon drive your Suburban...

  • Jim Lehmann
    Jim Lehmann 3 months ago

    You mention that the graphics look kind of blocky. You should ask them about that. I recall reading once that the graphics in flight simulators are deliberately cartoonish-looking because if they were too real, your brain thinks that you're in the real world and becomes hypersensitive to the tiny differences between the motion you're actually feeling and the motion you'd actually feel in the real world, leading to severe nausea. If the graphics are a bit cartoony, your brain realizes that you aren't in the real world and ignores any differences it finds. In other words, they have to use cartoony graphics to avoid uncanny valley.

  • Waltrr
    Waltrr 3 months ago

    1:03 "...for this video"

  • TheTransforcer
    TheTransforcer 3 months ago

    You get to go 25 in a school zone?! Lucky dog!
    Cool video, sweet apparatus!

  • Geneticus0
    Geneticus0 3 months ago

    I dislike when science is portrayed as an absolute value judgement as opposed to just data. (Mostly because people are dumb.) Yes, driving distracted is unsafe. The problem is we value judge talking to someone ( via BT, but manual dialed) as distracted (and by extension illegal). However, we say the same or higher amounts of distraction are ok and legal; like driving while being the parent of a toddler or having a chatty passenger. It's a variation of the similar argument applied to vape vs. smoking. Vape isn't safe (according to science), ignoring the fact that people are doing it as an alternative to smoking which is much more hazardous. So, yes science can make a safe/not safe determination, but if those results have a logical point of comparison, not including them presents the conclusion as a value judgement. To say that distracted driving accounts for X percent of deaths becomes a biased statement, when you consider that it should be evaluated against the inescapable distractions average people face and instead be presented in subsets. Texting, talking to a camera, talking to a passenger, eating, smoking, manual vs automatic, etc.

  • Moose Moomintoog
    Moose Moomintoog 3 months ago

    So... I totally want to play mario kart in this.

  • NathanWin
    NathanWin 3 months ago

    Why does the national most advanced driving simulator have graphics from the 2000? Seriously are decent animations textures and models still that expensive?

  • Julika7
    Julika7 3 months ago

    I'm interested in the results for Cannabis riding tests.

  • jeesh101
    jeesh101 3 months ago

    Heh. NADS.

  • kofuzi
    kofuzi 3 months ago

    can we compare to talking to a person?

  • pac
    pac 3 months ago


  • ~[Ματ2468χκ]
    ~[Ματ2468χκ] 3 months ago

    This sounds like a good idea for driving schools.

  • MrSonny6155
    MrSonny6155 3 months ago

    Tim Tam

  • SolarMoth
    SolarMoth 3 months ago

    thats really cool, didnt know this existsed

  • Hex³
    Hex³ 3 months ago

    Tom finally hit 1 million subs.

  • Jia Yuan Lo
    Jia Yuan Lo 3 months ago

    Tell that to EngineeringExplained

  • jlwasmer
    jlwasmer 3 months ago

    Too bad self driving cars will make this simulator totally useless.

  • Vensey Ness
    Vensey Ness 3 months ago

    Hey Tom, I'm a bit late but congrats on 1 mil!

  • dascandy
    dascandy 3 months ago

    I'm a bit surprised by the graphics level. When driving I use shadows and indirect lighting heavily, especially during rush hours & rain, to know / see ahead of where I can actually see. When you're behind a line of cars on a 4-lane road, you can see whether people in front of you brake about 5 cars ahead by seeing a red brakelight pop up in the reflection of the car next to you, or the guard rail on the left.

  • Matthew Trzcinski
    Matthew Trzcinski 3 months ago

    But aren't you more used to everything being on the wrong side of the road? Your mind is keyed for the stop sign to be on your left, not your right.

  • Rainer Riegler
    Rainer Riegler 3 months ago

    definitely way too short and not enough information

  • Chas S
    Chas S 3 months ago

    This is an amazing, Tom, thanks for the video. I get my temps in about a month and this video actually shows me that and why I'd need to pay attention to driving. Believe it or not, your video has actually helped make me a better driver before I even start driving. I love your videos Tom, your like a more engaging and likeable Vsauce. I have a couple questions though, if you happen to read this comment. Who edits and creates the scripts (they are awesome), and how to you find the time and energy to travel all over the world like you do? I fell like your job as a youtuber is an amasing one, you get to expirience all sorts of new places and meet all sorts of new people. Again, love your work, keep it up, its amazing!!

  • Hugh Chalmers
    Hugh Chalmers 3 months ago

    4.5minute video summarised in one word: Yes

  • Daniel Valdez
    Daniel Valdez 3 months ago

    Does anybody else think tom would be an amazing teacher?

  • Nagappan Shanmugavadivel

    I have spent months studying ways of beating the fear of driving and found an awesome resource at Roys Quick Fix (google it if you're interested)

  • PAPO1990
    PAPO1990 3 months ago

    Is this the only one, or is there a PAIR of NADS :'D
    Cool though

  • Dionys Emch
    Dionys Emch 3 months ago

    How old are you

  • weehawk
    weehawk 3 months ago

    I only speed on purpose.

  • Luis Morales
    Luis Morales 3 months ago

    Theres one dude on YT, ThisDoesNotCompute, who always do this "video podcast when he drives" and so far hes not dead, ot on a crash.

  • soapwad
    soapwad 3 months ago

    Ok but John Gaspar is hella cute

  • Caffine Molecule
    Caffine Molecule 3 months ago

    Everyone has nads.

  • My Thoughts
    My Thoughts 3 months ago

    All the pedestrians in here are suicidal , all of them!

  • BruceWillakers
    BruceWillakers 3 months ago

    omg you mean some guy is a drunk driver AS A CAREER??

  • BionicDance
    BionicDance 3 months ago

    If this thing doesn't have a "Knight Rider" and "Back to the Future" mode, I am _VERY_ disappointed.

  • JJ ceo
    JJ ceo 3 months ago

    Based on how much you actually look at the camera! I'm going to guess! YES YOU ARE DANGEROUS!

  • MikeDrop
    MikeDrop 3 months ago

    CONGRATS ON 1,000,000!!!

  • Draviator
    Draviator 3 months ago

    Good news, this will soon be irrelevant! Ask Google, Apple, Toyota... Oh and, Elon. Great video as always!!!

  • Sukigu
    Sukigu 3 months ago

    I think this might not accurately represent every situation. In this case, you were going by a script and you had a bit more mental work to do to ensure you said all the lines correctly. Maybe other things people do in the car don't require as much attention and thus can be less dangerous.

  • Matt Jansen
    Matt Jansen 3 months ago

    Great video Tom! I hope you enjoyed your time visiting Iowa.

  • My gender is Apache
    My gender is Apache 3 months ago

    *As long as you crash NO!*

  • SavanFilms
    SavanFilms 3 months ago

    Awesome and interesting video Tom and also congrats on the 1 Million subs!

    TBONE RESPAWN 3 months ago

    So you're telling me that these people pay people to drink alcohol and drive?

  • Brett Ison
    Brett Ison 3 months ago

    There's so many variables they could test here. Not only the effects of alcohol, fatigue and the scenario in this video that creates distraction. It's also talking with passengers, fiddling with in built gadgets, car stereos, navigation and such. Blue tooth..etc. A growing issue with the extras in new cars. Mobile phones and such and the idiots who text or talk while driving. Even down to two way radios.. Also, one that many don't seem to think of, smokers! How distracted is a smoker trying to light up? Then how distracted is the smoker who drops the glowing lighter or cigarette itself. Dad did that 40 odd years ago, dropped a cigarette between his legs and nearly had an accident.

  • walter mcdonough
    walter mcdonough 3 months ago

    wow didn't even realize the university had this! (I live in Iowa City)

  • Craig Jones
    Craig Jones 3 months ago

    This video was The NADS

  • omegafolf
    omegafolf 3 months ago

    Dang, wish I knew you were in Iowa

  • ARQ
    ARQ 3 months ago

    Can it drift tho

  • ali isa
    ali isa 3 months ago

    good camera
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  • Ant Bandit
    Ant Bandit 3 months ago

    I watched this while driving.