When you're about to whack Bowser, the last thing you want is a call from your parents

Distractions can be a real killer on the roads; when you're driving the last thing you need is an unwanted phone call or pesky text-message.

With this in mind, we're happy to report that students at Vail Christian High School in Colorado are being educated in road-safety by simulating the act of driving via the incredibly-realistic setting of Mario Kart Wii. And before you ask, yes we are joking about the realism part.

In this demonstration, students drive around in Mario Kart whilst having to contend with a bombardment of phone calls and text messages. The aim of the lesson is to illustrate just how tricky it is to concentrate on something when you have so many distractions fighting for your attention.

We're certainly in favour of Nintendo products being used to make our roads safer; we just hope that when these kids do get their licenses, they don't expect to fight off other road users with heat-seeking shells.

[source kotaku.com]