While driving may be second nature to travelers in the 50s and 60s, USAA is recognizing the need for drivers to sharpen their skills behind the wheel as they grow older.
It’s introduced the Drivesharp online interactive program for free to help train brains of all ages to react faster and better to situations on the road.
The program is designed to improve cognitive skills such as peripheral vision, reflexes, brain speed and awareness.
Chuck Pinto, a USAA member who has taken part in the program online, says it’s helped him as a motorcycle rider and car driver.
“When I first got into the program, I needed it. There was no question about it,” he said.
Drivesharp offers road obstacles, recognition and reflex games that keep a driver keen in difficult circumstances.
For older drivers, they are lessons that can save lives.
USAA Auto Underwriter Joel Camarano said, “Unfortunately, as we age, your cognitive skills do begin to change. Once you do get into the 50s and 60s, it's noticeable enough to where a tune-up in a program like this is probably worthwhile."
He notes that those who have taken part do report feeling safer while driving.
USAA says Drivesharp has been studied and tested by scientists who report it increases your field of view, multiple object tracking.
"We are not necessarily seeing increases in accidents, but historically, as you do age, you do get involved in more accidents and more fatal accidents than anyone else except maybe the youngest teen drivers," said Camarano.
The program normally costs $89, but is being offered for free to USAA members.
For more information, visit www.usaa.com/drivesharp.