Elk Grove, CA, April 11, 2016 – ADEPT Driver, a California company that develops proven crash reduction programs, is observing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by encouraging parents and teens to download its risk calculator app called the teenSMART Risk-O-lator.™
Using the Risk-O-lator app, teen drivers can test their knowledge about risky driving behavior. The Risk-O-lator calculates how risks for teen drivers are increased and compounded by activities such as texting while driving, speeding, tailgating, driving at night, or driving with other teens in the car. Using the Risk-O-lator, teen drivers can determine how taking multiple risks at the same time, such as texting and tailgating, can significantly increase the chance that a teen will be involved in a collision. By decreasing or avoiding these risks, teen drivers can decrease their chance of a collision.
“We created the Risk-O-lator app to do the math on risky driving,” said Dr. Richard Harkness, neurocognitive psychologist and CEO of ADEPT Driver. “Many teen drivers don’t understand that doing things like texting, driving with other teens in the car, or tailgating can dramatically compound their driving risk. Doing any of those things at the same time makes the risk add up even faster. Drivers can control most of the risk factors by how they behave when they are behind the wheel. The Risk-O-lator shows drivers how their actions can multiply risk, so they can make the smartest, safest driving choices.”
The Risk-O-lator app can be downloaded for free through the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The Risk-O-lator and additional driving safety assessment tools are also available on the teenSMART Test Drive web page. Parents, driver education teachers and driving schools are encouraged to share these tools with their students.
The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week of April is Teen Safe Driving Week in California. The need for increased safety awareness is great.
In 2013 close to 400,000 people were killed or injured due to distracted driving. About sixty percent of rear-end collisions are caused by talking on the phone or texting while driving.
“These sad statistics are a reminder that we need to stop denying the perils of distracted driving,” Dr. Harkness continued. “Our teenSMART and Lifelong Driver programs target the leading causes of car crashes for teens and for older drivers. Failure to see the other car is the number one cause of car crashes for all age groups. Teens that complete teenSMART have fewer crashes with less severe outcomes and often receive substantial insurance discounts.”