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Brain stimulation makes for better drivers

Posted On Thu, July 15, 2010

Adults looking to cut costs on their auto insurance may be able to do so by simply playing a game.

The Franklin Institute says that mental stimulation helps the brain work better and prevents "cognitive decline."

Insurance company The Hartford says that adults who played a computer program for 20 minutes a day for less than a month were able to cut their risk of getting into a vehicle accident by up to 50 percent.

Some say that it's up to each person to keep themselves mentally able to drive.

"We all have a responsibility to maintain our driving skills throughout our lifetime," says gerontologist and assistant vice president of The Hartford Jodi Olshevski.

A game like DriveSharp may help people over the age of 60 keep their driving skills up to par. Consuming dark chocolate, playing ball and using the non-dominant hand to complete tasks can also help keep the brain from deteriorating.

Drivers who are more aware of their surroundings may be less likely to get into an auto accident. Those who avoid speeding tickets and other driving violations tend to get better rates on their auto insurance.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19893002-ADNFCR

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