Read about what's essential in developing effective parent-focused teen driver interventions in this post from Allison Curry, PhD, MPH. She shares the results of a critical review she and fellow traffic safety researchers performed as part of the Transportation Research Board Young Subcommittee. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
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Join us for a webinar on proven and promising programs to reach parents of teen drivers featuring Jessica H. Mirman, PhD, who will walk attendees through the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide, a new resource based on years of CHOP research to help parents effectively supervise practice driving.
In today's post, we are pleased to welcome guest blogger Christian Parker, a Civil Engineering student at Drexel University, who is working with CIRP's Simulated Driving Assessment team. Read about his experience working on the project as a non-driver.
Download and share the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide with families to help them keep teen drivers safe and learning. This interactive resource is based on years of research at CHOP and also includes a Goal Guide and Logging and Planning Tool to keep everyone on track.
Speeding, a factor in more than one third of crashes involving teens behind the wheel, often occurs because teens don’t have enough experience to know what speed is safe, particularly in bad weather, when visibility is poor, or when traffic is bad. Researchers from CIRP@CHOP and Parallel Consulting are developing a video-based tool to teach teens about safe driving speeds under several common conditions.
Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.
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.
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.
How 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.
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.