ADEPT Driver Calls on Safety Advocates at Governors Highway Safety Association 2018 Annual Meeting to Address Causes of Distracted Driving

August 27, 2018

Atlanta, GA, August 27, 2018 – ADEPT Driver, a research and development company that builds proven crash avoidance training technology, urges safety advocates at the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) 2018 Annual Meeting to address the causes of distracted driving, and calls on all drivers, including those operating vehicles equipped with autonomous or semi-autonomous technology, to remain vigilant and avoid distractions at all times while driving.

“It is critical to address the causes of technology-induced inattention,” said Dr. Richard Harkness, CEO of ADEPT Driver. “Awareness of the problem is important, but in order to treat a behavioral disorder like distracted driving you need to address the cause. Driver complacency, fostered by in-vehicle technology, denial of risk, and lack of visual awareness skills, causes many distracted driving crashes. Drivers” reliance on self-driving technologies and lack of accurate risk perception are at the core of the problem. Effective behavioral interventions have shown statistically significant reductions in crash frequency and crash severity. We urge the safety community to join us in recommending proven interventions that decrease crashes.”

ADEPT Driver’s products help drivers learn how to remain vigilant and avoid distractions while driving.

“Drivers can develop and strengthen the neuro-cognitive pathways that are associated with visual awareness, risk perception and crash avoidance,” said Dr. Harkness. “We created teenSMART and Lifelong Driver so that drivers can quickly scan, detect hazards and safely react to unexpected situations. Research backs up the benefits of completing these programs, with a 30% reduction in crash frequency and a 51% reduction in bodily injury. By training your brain to detect and avoid hazards, and eliminating distractions while you are behind the wheel, you will be in the best position to avoid crashes.”

ADEPT Driver’s products are the only validated training programs that measurably improve visual search, hazard detection, risk perception and gap analysis – factors that cause more than 90% of all collisions. A bronze sponsor of GHSA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, ADEPT Driver is demonstrating its scientifically-based and proven crash avoidance training programs at booth 203 in the conference exhibit hall.

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