National Teen Driver Safety Week

Joining with NHTSA to Kick Off National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 22, 2013
Happy National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)! Today we are with David Strickland, the Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at a 10 a.m. (EST) press conference at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The event officially kicks off a week of activities that aim to start dialogues about teen driver safety amongst families, in schools, and in communities. NTDSW is now in its seventh year.

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.

National Teen Driver Safety Week – 11 Days & Counting

October 10, 2013
I belong to an important network of educators, community leaders, parents, teens, and organizations, both large and small. Our mission? To reduce teen driver crashes, the #1 cause of death for this age group. We are now gearing up for National Teen Driver Safety Week -- now in its 7th year and only 11 days away – and the momentum is building.

Where to Start for Teen Drivers? With Parents

October 3, 2013
At CIRP@CHOP, we explore the behavioral aspects of strengthening this bond between parents and teens. From teens, we frequently hear that they take cues from their parents for what is appropriate driving behavior. Likewise, parents express concerns about not knowing where to start to help their teens become safe skilled drivers. In support of the theme for National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26) -- It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving -- I want to share practical tips for parents on modeling safe driving behaviors as a place to start to help their teens:

Make the Most of GDL's Learner Phase

October 1, 2013

As a developmental psychologist, I am thrilled that this year’s theme for National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26) is It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving. This theme emphasizes that research and practice efforts should consider the family unit as opposed to focusing on parents and teens in isolation.

Trends in Child Injury: An Article Review

September 24, 2013

I recently came across a new review article on child injury prevention by Drs. Brian Johnston and Beth Ebel at University of Washington. In it, they describe that although overall unintentional injury death among US children aged 0-19 years in 2000-2009 fell by 30%, there is still much work to be done.

Raise Awareness of Four Risky Teen Driving Behaviors

September 19, 2013
Research shows that while a teen is learning to drive and during the first year of independent driving, it takes a parent and teen working together to develop a skilled safe driver. This year’s theme for National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 20-26), ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving,' drives home this all important connection. As a traffic injury researcher and parent of three teens, I encourage you to use the ‘It Takes Two’ theme to raise awareness of four risky driving behaviors during NTDSW.

Understanding Teens' Driving Skill Deficits

September 9, 2013
After six hours of behind-the-wheel driver’s ed training and a full year of parent-supervised driving instruction, my daughter, Amanda, earned her probationary license in late August--just in time for school and her senior year. Like many parents, my husband and I tried our best to be supportive throughout her driving journey, but sometimes it wasn’t easy. Too many times we would press down on the imaginary brake when she almost hit a parked car or sped up for no apparent reason in a residential neighborhood and say, “C’mon, pay attention to your driving!” What we didn’t know is that her perceived inattention wasn’t from daydreaming or looking at boys, it was from a lack of knowledge. For Amanda to get it right, we needed to actually teach her how to moderate her speed for various conditions and then practice this skill over and over.

When Teen Crash Research and Reality Collide

September 3, 2013
Two Monday evenings ago work and life collided in an eerie way. My daughter, Gabby, was driving me home when all of a sudden a car surged on our left. She slammed on the brakes, but we both understood in that split second we could not avoid the crash. We hit that car with force, and for that one instant, everything was in God's hands. Once panic settled, we were relieved to see that everyone, including the other driver, had survived the crash with no serious injury.

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