White paper: safety performance of teenSMART

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) conducted an independent review of the available evidence of the effectiveness of teenSMART, a computer-based training program, developed by ADEPT Driver (www.adeptdriver.com). As part of the review, TIRF explored the published scientific literature in relation to this topic. In addition, Dr. Richard Harkness, President and CEO of ADEPT Driver, provided TIRF with requested information regarding the development, operation, and safety effectiveness of the teenSMART program as well as information about the process by which automobile insurance companies offer an insurance discount for teenSMART. This paper summarizes the literature on the safety effectiveness of beginner driver education and post-licensing training programs for new drivers in order to provide context to discuss the safety performance of teenSMART. The paper then critically reviews the available documentation on teenSMART to assess the veracity and strength of the evidence that this training program reduces teen driver crashes, which is a stated objective and claim of the program. It also considers the potential cost-benefits of teenSMART as a safety initiative to reduce teen driver crashes.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 172p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01627338
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781926857848
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2017 9:45AM