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Flashback Friday- Summertime Safety

June 22, 2018
With summer now in full swing, we wanted to use today's flashback Friday post to look back at some of our previous summertime safety posts.

Later School Start Can Help Prevent Teens Driving While Sleep-Deprived

February 21, 2018
I thought you might interested in a summary of the science that links lack of sleep with crashes involving teen drivers, and how schools are addressing it.

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How to drive safely in the winter

February 26, 2015
Three hours of white-knuckle driving in the snow and sleet this past weekend inspired me to gather tips to drive safely in the winter. Whether you encounter unplowed snowy roads, or dangerous patches of black ice, consider these practical tips.

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Under Development: Video Game Technology to Help Teen Drivers Practice Speed Management

January 15, 2015
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.

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Jumping into a Healthy and Safe School Year with Your School Nurse

September 4, 2014
As the health care experts within the school, school nurses are a vital part of promoting the health and wellness of students. Unfortunately, many schools are either cutting back on school nurses’ hours or completely eliminating them due to budget cuts.

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Study of Top Five Teen Driver Crash Scenarios

August 14, 2014
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.

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Used Cars for Teens

July 16, 2014
In a report released today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shares its first-ever recommendations for used vehicles to help guide parents of novice teenage drivers. In addition to being thoughtful about the type of car their teens drive, parents also need to consider how their teens get the keys and whether they will be sharing the car with other drivers, including siblings or parents, says Jessica H. Mirman, PhD, a teen driver safety researcher at CIRP@CHOP.

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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.

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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.

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