December 10, 2009

Online games promote safer driving

Traffic safety organizations in the US and Europe have this week released online games in an effort to promote safer driving from the comfort of the home.

American non-profit organization the AAA (American Automobile Association) Foundation for Traffic Safety has launched the AAA Roadwise Review, designed to allow senior citizens to test their driving health, whether independently or supported by others. The program measures physical and mental abilities in eight key areas shown to be the strongest predictors of crash risk among older drivers. These include leg strength, visualization of missing information, field of view and working memory. No personal data is stored, but the program provides feedback to guide users on their ability to drive safely.

“AAA is dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible and mobile thereafter,” said Jake Nelson, director of AAA Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research. “Roadwise Review allows seniors to check their driving ability conveniently and confidentially – something that is vitally important as we age.”

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