ADEPT Driver Launches New Version of teenSMART to Kick Off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Elk Grove, CA – ADEPT Driver, a California company that develops proven crash reduction programs, is observing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month by launching a new version of its award-winning teenSMART program. While continuing to focus on the leading causes of teen driver crashes, the new version places renewed emphasis on visual awareness and distracted driving using realistic driving simulations. These simulations provide an effective way for teens to accurately assess risk and avoid collisions.
“We emphasize the danger of distracted driving in our new version of teenSMART,” said Dr. Richard Harkness, a traffic safety expert and CEO of ADEPT Driver. “While it may be tempting to reach for your smartphone, eat, or do other activities while driving, multitasking while behind the wheel is not safe. No phone call, text, snack, or song is more important than your life and safety, and the lives of your passengers and others. National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is an excellent reminder to all of us to put away things that could distract us before we get behind the wheel. Parents need to model this safe behavior for children watching from the back seat and for teens that are just getting used to driving.”
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 talking on the phone or texting while 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.”