Elk Grove, CA, November 21, 2017 – ADEPT Driver, a research and development company that creates proven crash avoidance training technology, thanks its strategic partners who encourage drivers to learn to avoid crashes and improve roadway safety.
“Our insurance industry partners play a critical role in increasing roadway safety by encouraging their customers to use teenSMART and Lifelong Driver, ADEPT Driver’s signature crash avoidance training programs,” said Dr. Richard Harkness, CEO of ADEPT Driver. “Our partners benefit from a competitive advantage when their customers know how to avoid being involved in collisions that could lead to property damage, injuries, or fatalities.”
ADEPT Driver thanks its insurance industry partners that provide discounts on auto insurance for drivers who complete teenSMART:
Dr. Harkness also thanked ADEPT Driver’s safety and education collaborators that work to expand the public’s knowledge of strategies and programs that keep communities safe.
“We urge all drivers to use extra caution when driving over the upcoming holiday season,” Dr. Harkness continued. “And as the holiday shopping season begins, remember the gift of safety never goes out of style. By using teenSMART, teen drivers will learn essential crash avoidance skills, and mature drivers can use Lifelong Driver to tune up their safe driving techniques. Completing these crash avoidance programs will give drivers key knowledge to stay safe on the road, and give the benefit of peace of mind to their families and friends.”
The need for crash avoidance training for all drivers is compounded by new risks as a result of the increase in infotainment and self-driving technology in cars today.
The use of technology that is now built into many vehicle consoles while driving is proven to lead to distracted and dangerous driving. New research commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that infotainment systems in cars increases distracted driving. In-vehicle infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time. Drivers using technologies built into cars like voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message. Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash, according to previous research.
At the same time, the increasing prevalence of semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles adds additional roadway hazards.
ADEPT Driver created two of the world’s most effective, targeted driver-safety programs: teenSMART and Lifelong Driver.