'Risk-O-Lator' App Released to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

Oct 14, 2014 03:20 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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ADEPT Driver, the maker of teenSMART, has released a new risk calculator app called "Risk-O-lator" that allows teen drivers and parents to measure the increased risk of being involved in a collision based on choices made by teen drivers.

The free app is available now for download ahead of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25).

"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, according to a company release. "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," Harkness added. "The Risk-O-lator shows drivers how their actions can multiply risk, so they can make the smartest, safest driving choices."

By using the Risk-O-lator app, teen drivers can test their knowledge about risky driving behavior.

The app works by calculating how risks for teen drivers are increased and compounded by activities such as texting while driving, speeding, tailgating, driving at night, or driving with other teens in the car. 

Teens can also determine how taking multiple risks at the same time, such as texting and tailgating can significantly increase the chance that a teen will be involved in a collision by using the Risk-O-lator.

Decreasing or completely avoiding these risks can help teen drivers decrease the chance of a collision, according to the release.

"Parents of every teen driver should ask their child to download the Risk-O-later, and discuss how to avoid activities that increase and compound risk while driving," said Harkness.

The app can be downloaded for free through the Google Play Store and is coming soon to the Apple App Store. 

Additional driving safety tools are available on the teenSMART Test Drive web page.

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