Feedback and Goal Selection to Encourage Safe Driving

Feedback and Goal Selection to Encourage Safe Driving

Project status

Exploration and planning


Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Subhash Aryal, PhD, MS

Innovation leads


AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

External partners

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety


In 2021, over 20 million drivers in the United States obtained usage-based insurance (UBI) policies that enable customers to earn discounts on their premiums based on safe driving habits - which are tracked through smartphone telematics apps.    

Smartphone telematics apps use data algorithms to measure risky driving behaviors like hand-held phone use, speeding, hard braking, and fast acceleration. As a result, they hold great promise for studying and improving driving behavior on a meaningful scale. 


We are working in partnership with the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA FTS) to implement a nationwide randomized trial to determine whether evidence-based strategies for promoting safer driving can be optimized by tailoring the scope of feedback and the selection of goals for behavior change. Specifically, we will focus on strategies that seek to reduce distraction, speeding, hard braking, and fast acceleration.   

For this study, we will use Way to Drive, our homegrown smartphone telematics app.   


Planning for this study is underway with hopes to launch in early 2023.

Way to Health Specs

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Activity monitoring
Arms and randomization
Criteria-based rules
Dashboard view
Device integration
EHR integration
Multiple languages
Patient portal messaging
Patient-reported outcomes capture
Photo messaging
Remote patient monitoring
Schedule-based rules
Survey administration
Two-way texting
Vitals monitoring