ADEPT Driver Helps Insurance Companies Reduce Claims and Increase Profitability, Helps Customers Reduce Crashes, Saves Lives

September 29, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario – The 2015 AAA/CAA Insurance Conference held in Canada this week featured ADEPT Driver’s award winning crash reduction programs, teenSMART and Lifelong Driver. At the conference, ADEPT’s CEO, Dr. Richard Harkness, exhibited and demonstrated both of the programs for the attendees.

“Helping our insurance partners reduce the pain, suffering, and costs associated with automobile collisions is our primary goal,” said Dr. Harkness. “Research shows that car crashes are a treatable behavioral disorder. teenSMART and Lifelong Driver address the top causes of car crashes, and have been proven to significantly improve driving behaviors and crash avoidance skills. Drivers that complete our programs have fewer crashes with less severe outcomes.”

ADEPT Driver uses targeted neurocognitive training to develop and continually improve their programs. The program improves teen driver skills that directly relate to most teen-related auto crashes: visual awareness, speed and space management, safe gap analysis, hazard detection, risk assessment and lifestyle issues including distracted driving. Program users build their skills on a home computer with point-of-view driving simulations. Then they apply and further reinforce their crash reduction skills through in-car, behind-the-wheel training.

More than 400,000 users have used our training since 2000. A study of teen and older drivers found significant improvement in crash reduction skills after training such as:

  • Improvement in their ability to identify and remember objects in blind spots, mirrors, front and rear view zones;
  • Overall performance in correctly identifying hazards, not missing hazards or selecting non-hazards
  • Reducing their unsafe gap choices
  • Identifying clues that could require an immediate driver action
  • Identifying changing risk in traffic

ADEPT’s programs are the only crash avoidance training programs to ever demonstrate a 51% reduction in costs for bodily injury to others, a 29% reduction in costs for property damage to others, a 27% reduction in medical costs for occupants of the car, a 27% reduction in damage cost to vehicles, and an overall 30% reduction in crash frequency.

Because of our programs verified impact on reducing crash frequency, crash severity and improving profitability for insurers, many insurance companies partner with ADEPT and offer discounts for teen drivers that have completed teenSMART. These insurance partners enjoy a competitive advantage. Departments of Insurance in 49 states have approved insurance discounts for teens that complete the teenSMART program. Because of teenSMART’s verified impact on reducing crashes, it is the only program approved by the California Department of Insurance that qualifies for a 20% insurance rate reduction.

CEO, Dr. Richard Harkness

ADEPT Driver CEO, Dr. Richard Harkness, sharing teenSMART and Lifelong Driver at the AAA/CAA Conference in Canada on September 27, 2015.

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ADEPT Driver in Canada – Parliament

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ADEPT Driver in Canada – Super moon

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