ADEPT Driver Encourages Senior Driver Tune Ups During Older Driver Safety
ELK GROVE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012
ELK GROVE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --ADEPT Driver encourages mature
drivers to tune up their driving skills during Older Driver Safety Awareness
Week by using Lifelong Driver.
"As we get older, we can do a lot of things better than we used to. But
chances are, driving is not one of them," said Dr. Richard Harkness, CEO of
ADEPT Driver. "Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is a perfect time to test
your skills or encourage someone you love to test theirs. If you need a tune
up to sharpen your driving skills, do it soon. Improving or simply maintaining
your present skills is far easier than trying to regain them after they're
Any driver can try Lifelong Driver's free, interactive driving exercises. The
scenarios allow users to test their skill and timing in hazard detection,
visual search, and upcoming gap analysis, and are based on the kind of driving
you do every day. These are samples of the exercises in the Lifelong Driver
program that can help people stay in the driver's seat longer.
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week was established by the American
Occupational Therapy Association. In 2012, the week is observed December 3-7.
The AARP, AAA, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and other
organizations are using the week to raise awareness about ways to keep older
drivers safe on the road for a long as possible.
Collision rates among drivers 55 and over are second only to teen drivers.By
2030, 71.5 million drivers, or approximately 1-in-4 drivers in the United
States will be age 65 or over. This fast-growing segment of our population is
predicted to live 20% to 25% of their lives in active retirement.
"Most mature drivers still have plenty of miles to travel," Dr. Harkenss
continued. "Lifelong Driver helps older drivers maintainfreedom,
independenceandquality of life."
Lifelong Driver was developed by a diverse group of internationally recognized
experts who researched the leading causes of mature driver collisions. Their
extensive research identified five critical factors causing the majority of
older driver crashes:
oJudging safe gaps in traffic, especially when making left hand turns at
oDetermining adequate distances from other vehicles when merging and making
oDetecting hazards and dealing with distractions while driving;
oIdentifying and remembering relevant objects while driving; and
oDealing with complex driving environments, like busy parking lots.
The Lifelong Driver program is designed to address these factors by using
empirically-based teaching methods and patented technology.It uses real life
driving situations to improve driving skills most critical for mature drivers.
The easy-to-use program includes a combination of computer based training and
optional in-car exercises. Topics on proper seat and mirror adjustment, the
aging process, information on driver licensing, referrals to external
resources, and completing driving assessments are included in the course.
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