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Teen Drivers Can Use Math App for Risk Calculation

Teen Drivers Use Math App for Risk Calculation

An organization dedicated to raising awareness on smart, educated driving, released a new risk calculator app that teen drivers and parents can use to measure the risk of being in a collision based on their teens’ choices.

ADEPT Driver, maker of teenSMART, produced the Risk-O-lator app, a free mobile app to correspond National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 19 to October 25, said an ADEPT Driver press release.

With the Risk-O-lator app, teen drivers can “test their knowledge about risky driving behavior,” the release said. The Risk-O-lator will calculate how risks for teen drivers are increased with activities including “texting while driving, speeding, tailgating, driving at night, or driving with other teens in the car.”

With the app, teens can determine how taking multiple risks at the same time, the press release said, “such as texting and tailgating can significantly increase the chance that a teen will be involved in a collision.”

"We created the Risk-O-lator app to do the math on risky driving," said Dr. Richard Harkness, neurocognitive psychologist and CEO of ADEPT Driver. "Many teen drivers don't understand that doing things like texting, driving with other teens in the car, or tailgating can dramatically compound their driving risk. Doing any of those things at the same time makes the risk add up even faster. Drivers can control most of the risk factors by how they behave when they are behind the wheel. The Risk-O-lator shows drivers how their actions can multiply risk, so they can make the smartest, safest driving choices."

The Risk-O-lator app can be downloaded through Google Play and is coming soon to the iTunes Store. Risk-O-lator and other driving safety assessment tools are also available on the teenSMART Test Drive web page.

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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