Teen Driver Safety
November 18, 2014As active safety features (safety systems that are active prior to a crash, such as seat belts or air bags) become more complex in motor vehicles, it's critical for child safety researchers to consider the implications for child and adolescent motor vehicle occupants and teen drivers.
November 3, 2014New CIRP@CHOP research shows that a significant decline in teen driver crash rates in New Jersey was sustained for two years following implementation of a law requiring novice drivers display a decal on their license plates to aid in enforcement of GDL provisions. Read about two new legislative education tools which teen driver safety advocates can use to re-start conversations with legislators to improve state GDL laws.
October 23, 2014Download this fact sheet to share with policymakers to boost your state's GDL to keep older novice drivers safe.
October 20, 2014Because 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.
October 7, 2014Recent 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.
September 29, 2014Recent 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.
September 25, 2014While 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.
August 14, 2014How and why do teen drivers crash? This is such an important question for teens and parents, as well as researchers, automakers, and other road users, including other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. By better understanding teen driver crashes, we can design effective strategies to prevent them. Dr. Allison Curry and I co-led a study on teen driver serious crashes and our findings, recently published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, detail the scenarios in which teen drivers most often crash and compared them to adult drivers.
Reach Diverse Populations Across GDL Continuum: How to Connect Researchers, Stakeholders, and Programs?
August 12, 2014How 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.