Simulator shows dangers of texting behind the wheel

October 2, 2012 by  

Distracted driving is quickly becoming a primary cause of vehicular collisions on America roadways, but a brand new program developed by a U.S. insurance company is teaching the dangers of distracted driving to newly-licensed drivers through America’s high schools.

The program is called ‘Distractology 101’ and is a high tech course in safe and focused driving. It comes to Dedham High School from October 9 – 13, sponsored by KW Insurance Agency.

Distractology 101was developed by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and is a fun yet informative interactive experience that encourages attentive driving among those aged 16 and older. Student participation could be encouraged by explaining the program to parents and guardians with the help of brochure printers.

Distractology 101 is held in a portable classroom 36 feet in length and painted neon-yellow. Computer-driven and state-of-the art, students simulate driving on the road and partake in a variety of exercises, such as texting while behind the wheel, to safely experience the possible consequences of distracting activities.

According to recent statistics, in 2009, approximately 5,500 people died and half a million suffered injuries as a result of being distracted. Roughly 40% of teenagers polled say they have witnessed drivers texting or using their phone while driving.

John Donohue, chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Foundation, explained:

“Distracted driving is a widespread epidemic among young drivers that continues to worsen, particularly as mobile devices become more prevalent, more advanced and more addictive.”

Encouragingly, Alan Issokson, of KW Insurance Agency in Dedham, stated that the Distractology 101 program has made great progress in combating this rise over the last two years.