Ever wonder what goes on during car crash tests? In a new eight-part video series produced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), viewers can see footage of actual testing at the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia.

The first two videos in the series, “Crash test dummies at work” and “Frontal offset testing,” have already been posted to the IIHS' YouTube channel. A new installment will appear each Tuesday from now through early July.

Crash test dummies at work

The first video in the “Inside IIHS” series is a three-minute look at the types of crash test dummies the Institute uses, how they are calibrated and the technology they contain for gathering information.

In the video, Marvin Hatchett, dummy calibration lab manager, gives viewers on a step-by-step overview of what goes on during dummy calibration. Interesting tidbit: A fully calibrated crash test dummy approaches $200,000 in value.

Frontal offset testing video

The second posted video in the “Inside IIHS” series explores the specifics about frontal crash testing conducted by the Institute. This video explains the differences between the IIHS’s two frontal crash tests, the moderate overlap and the small overlap, and demonstrates how structural performance, dummy injury measures and restraint systems affect a vehicle’s frontal rating.

(c) 2013, High Gear Media.