This Monday, February 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. the 36-foot-long newly relaunched Distractology mobile classroom will visit the UMass Amherst campus. Look for it by the Campus Center.
The Distractology curriculum and simulator are based on Arbella Insurance Foundation-funded research conducted by mechanical and industrial engineering faculty member Donald L. Fisher. The classroom is outfitted with two high-tech driving simulators designed to give new drivers the chance to experience the perils of distracted driving, including texting while driving. Drivers who have completed Distractology are proven to be 19 percent less likely to have an accident and 25 percent less likely to get traffic violations.
Distractology, will travel to various communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island during the 2016-2017 school year, offering 45 minutes of simulated distracted driving to each participant. Fully funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation, Distractology is free to eligible drivers.