Teen Driver Safety
CIRP@CHOP’s Flaura Winston, MD, PhD (@safetymd) will be a special guest for an upcoming Twitter Chat on teen summer safety hosted by the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov). The Twitter Chat will cover information and tips on how adolescents can stay healthy and safe during the summer months, focusing on sun health, pool and swim safety, and traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety. If you’re on Twitter, follow along and join the conversation using the hashtag #TeenSummer.
Driving simulators offer a safe, highly reproducible environment for assessing driver behavior. However, reducing the data to easy-to-interpret metrics can be extremely time-consuming and effortful. Even worse, it can be error-prone. My recent research involves the development of a tool to help standardize driving simulator results called DriveLab.
I think it's really interesting when hot topics in the news coincide with questions raised in my clinical practice, such as last week when the New York Times published an article about the effects of marijuana on driving. Since I see a fair number of teens in my office, I've had some conversations regarding the impact of different substances (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, marijuana) on various developmental tasks, including driving.
The CIRP@CHOP Teen Driver Safety Research team uses several methodological approaches in our research, including: evidence-based intervention design and evaluation, driving simulation, on road driving assessment, and analysis of existing data sources. As the CIRP@CHOP Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, I have been working to find ways to improve the methods with which researchers analyze existing data sources to boost teen driver safety.