Kristina is sitting on her sofa and trying to learn the driving theory. She enrolled for a driver training course two moths ago and has had her first driving lessons in the city traffic. They have been tough – controlling the car is still a bit difficult for her and she does not have time to notice traffic signs, pedestrians and the other hundred things a driver should notice. Worst of all: she mixes up the signs all the time. She’ll never get the licence if she continues like this.
After long day at work, it is difficult to focus. She is reading the conventinal material for learning traffic signs: a book with the regulation on traffic signs. Long sentences in legal jargon are as clear as mud. Kristina feels tired and frustrated, but she has to learn to know the signs some way.
Suddenly, she has an idea: there has to be an app for it. She grabs her smartphone and searches for “liiklusmärgid” in Google Play. She gets two results and installs them both. The first one is a disappointment: she can only look at the signs and see the copy-and-paste text from the regulation. Not too helpful.
The second one seems to be more promising. First, it looks better. She opens the first grouping of signs. The images are crisp and explanations comprehensible. Kristina likes that they point out signs you might mix up. She uses the search to find blue signs with arrows that confuse her all the time. There are even short animations to demonstrate what the sign requires the driver to do. She looks an animation for one-way road sign and finally understands a mistake she did in the previous driving lesson.Then Kristina notices the testing part and gets absorbed in the interactive exercises. Only when her husband reminds her that they have to wake up early tomorrow, does she close the app.
Questions about the scenario:
- In general, did this scenario seem realistic to you?
- Were there any details that didn’t seem that realistic?
- Would you behave in a similar way?
- Is there anything you would do differently?
- If you have any friends similar to person in the scenario, what would they do differently?