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Studies generally agree that driving ability begins to drastically decrease at around age 65, but not everyone ages the same way and determining whether someone is still able to drive can be difficult. The new DriveSharp program from Posit Science not only helps determine how good a person's driving skills are, but it also can help improve skills with repeated use. The DriveSharp program uses two computer games, Jewel Diver and Road Tour, to determine a starting skill level. The program also offer a free crash risk evaluation that determines cognitive driving abilities. The program relates to a larger issue -- determining when a person should put the car keys down.
Industry Notes DRIVER SAFETY The program relates to a larger issue—determin- Driving Program Improves ing when a person should put the car keys down. Doing this has a huge effect on a person’s life and Skills, Educates Older Drivers well-being, and with current technologies and driv- Determining whether an older loved one can still er testing practices, testing only during license drive well behind the wheel can lead to a seeming- renewals may not be enough for older drivers. But ly awkward conversation. Studies gener- while dialogue about age and driving continues, a ally agree that driving ability begins to way to increase the level of driving skill now exists drastically decrease at around age 65, to help people whose skill may be deteriorating. but not everyone ages the same way and Driving ability is determined not only by mental determining whether someone is still ability but by physical reaction as well, and the able to drive can be difficult. The new DriveSharp program can test and improve both. DriveSharp program from Posit Science “It isn’t a specific age per se,” Kissinger says. not only helps determine how good a “What we need to do is to integrate new technolo- person’s driving skills are, but it also can gy and processes so people who are renewing their help improve skills with repeated use. licenses can be tested on their physical fitness and The program has been endorsed and mental fitness.” Learn more about the program at funded by the American Automobile www.positscience.com/our-products/drivesharp. Association’s (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety and is meant to help younger and older drivers improve their mental cognitive abilities. “You can reap the benefits of this program no matter how much you use it,” says Peter The DriveSharp pro- Kissinger, president and CEO of AAA. gram helps deter- The DriveSharp program uses two computer mine how good a games, Jewel Diver and Road Tour, to determine a person’s driving starting skill level. The games become more chal- skills are and helps lenging as the user improves and as they test improve those skills several necessary driving qualities including multi- with repeated use. tasking, focusing on two objects at once and peripheral vision. After a few games, the user takes IPAF’s new s
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