Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving
Phone calls, text messages and other cell phone activities have caused more and more issues on the roadways over the past few years. To help educate young drivers about the perils of using a cell phone while behind the wheel, a program called Distractology was developed at UMASS Amherst. Distractology 101 puts students behind the wheel of a simulator to experience how easily cell phone distractions can affect their safety.
Cavallo and Signoriello Insurance has joined forces with the Distractology team to offer the driver simulation program to schools throughout Massachusetts. The Distractology 101 program involves the following:
- A simulation trailer will be parked at the school for a week: Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday.
- A training sessions is administered for 45 minutes. 2 students can go through the simulator at one time.
- Hours of operation can be customized to the school’s schedule. For example we can start when your first period starts and so on. Typically at a school we have time for a couple appointments after school as well.
- The training is free for the students, and each person who goes through will be given a $15 gas card.
- It does not cost the school anything to host.
- We provide marketing materials for the school including posters, postcards, emails, letters, which can all be customized.
You can learn more about Distractology 101 by watching the following videos:
- Paul Pierce Plays
- The Today Show’s Meredith Gets Behind the Wheel
- WGBH: A New Way to Educate Teens About Distracted Driving
- Fox News: Driving Simulator Aims to Save Lives
If your school is interested in taking part in the Distractology 101 program, give Cavallo and Signoriello Insurance a call today at 888-245-2618 for more information.