While there is a clinically proven brain fitness-training tool that helps older adults reduce their likelihood of being in an auto accident, it is virtually unknown among drivers.
According to a survey from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG), 74% of drivers are unaware of the benefits of using a computer-based program, DriveSharp, for 20 minutes a day, three times a week.
If they do, DriveSharp can help older drivers cut their crash risk up to 50%, stop 22 feet sooner when driving at 55 mph, increase their useful field of view by 200%, decrease dangerous driving maneuvers by 36%, and bolster confidence while driving at night and in other stressful conditions.
“DriveSharp was tested by a global team of more than 50 scientists and based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health,” according to Steven Aldrich, CEO, Posit Science Corp., the developer of the program.
Aldrich says DriveSharp is a research-based program that helps older adults think faster, focus better and react quicker on the road.
In the Hartford research, about half of all adults surveyed believed that older drivers can improve their skills to allow them to drive safely for more years, but drivers under 40 are least likely to believe there is anything an older driver can do to improve their skills. Ah, the hubris of immortal youth, who at this moment are happily texting their way into oblivion. (See Senate Kicks Distracted Driving Back to the States)