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Older Teen Driver Crash Rates: New Jersey’s GDL Experience

October 20, 2014
Because New Jersey requires all newly-licensed drivers under age 21 to abide by full Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) provisions, we recently had the great opportunity to examine the influence of licensing age, driving experience, and GDL license phase on crash rates of novice drivers. Learn why age and experience matter with crash rates, according to a new report from Dr. Allison Curry.

Personal GDL for Older Novice Teen Drivers

October 7, 2014
Recent studies from CIRP@CHOP and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggest that organizations that support families with safe teen driving programs now need to think about the families of teens who are waiting to get licensed beyond their 18th birthday. A substantial proportion of teens are delaying that rite of passage until they can really afford and need to drive. According to the research, teens that delay licensure are more likely to be minorities and from households and zip codes with lower incomes.

A Need to Support Older Novice Drivers: National Teen Driver Safety Week

September 29, 2014
Recent research tells us that nationally a significant minority of drivers get their licenses after their 18th birthday. These young drivers get licensed without the protective benefits of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), except in New Jersey where full GDL extends to all novice drivers under age 21, and without exposure to educational campaigns when they first begin to drive. For National Teen Driver Safety Week (#teendriving2014), CIRP@CHOP hopes to spark a new conversation about actions we can take to support this vulnerable group.

Critical Safety Errors of Learner Teen Drivers

September 25, 2014
While restrictions during the early independent driving period help to reduce crashes during those first critical months by reducing exposure to high risk driving situations, teens still enter this phase with specific skill deficits that could have been addressed more effectively in the learner phase. Ideally, driver training and supervised practice during the Learner Permit phase would be focused on the critical safety-relevant errors that teens are likely to make so that teens enter the Intermediate License phase with better tactical driving skills, rather than just the vehicle operations skills necessary to pass a basic licensing exam.

Reach Diverse Populations Across GDL Continuum: How to Connect Researchers, Stakeholders, and Programs?

August 12, 2014
How can we better connect to improve road traffic safety with a focus on how teens learn to drive? Researchers and traffic safety practitioners all want youth to grow to their full potential. Doing so will require joining proven effective skill-building and risk-reduction interventions across the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) continuum and making them broadly accessible through programs for diverse populations.

Turning the Spotlight on the Learner Phase of Driving

June 23, 2014
Principal Investigator of CIRP@CHOP's TeenDrivingPlan research, Jessica Mirman, describes the decision to focus her efforts on the learner period of GDL to answer the question, "How can we help parent supervisors make the most of their practice time with their teenagers?" Initial results show intervention increases variety of practice drives and improves teenagers' driving performance.

A Pink Decal to Prevent Teen Crashes?

November 14, 2013
What a difference a few years make. When New Jersey implemented its first-in-the-nation decal provision as part of its Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program on May 1, 2010, it ignited a firestorm of protest from some parents and state legislators. Known as Kyleigh’s Law, it requires all 16- to 20-year-olds holding a learner’s permit or intermediate license to display a reflective decal on the front and back license plates of vehicles they are driving. Initial evidence from research conducted by CHOP shows that the decals work to reduce teen crash risk. A couple in Maine have created a pink decal of their own to help keep teens safe in memory of their daughter, Taylor, 15, who was killed in a crash with an inexperienced teen driver behind the wheel.

New Resource Alert: Teen Driver Safety Toolset

November 12, 2013

In conjunction with Temple University’s Department of Public Health, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) recently released a set of Public Health Learning Modules aimed at advancing public knowledge of policy initiatives, existing and emerging research, and transformative models. Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH, director of epidemiology and biostatistics at CIRP, developed a module on injury prevention, targeting teen driving.

Manage the Driving Transition from Supervised Learner to Independent Learner

October 14, 2013
When teens pass the behind-the-wheel driving test some may incorrectly believe they’re equally skilled as other “licensed” drivers. This makes it difficult for teens to understand why certain activities are restricted during the early months of licensure. Consider framing the intermediate period of GDL as a learner permit “plus,” not a full license “minus.” By passing the behind-the-wheel test, teens have demonstrated that they’re ready to practice independently. The intermediate period of GDL establishes a supportive framework for them to continue to learn without the additional pressures and dangers associated with full licensure.

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