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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Risk of people dying in teen driver-related crashes is highest in summer months. Dr. Dennis Durbin, a father of three teens, recommends ways for parents to let their teens safely enjoy the freedoms of summer.
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.
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.
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.
The CIRP team has developed a toolset of the charts and graphs found in Miles to go: Focusing on Risks for Teen Driver Safety, an annual teen driver safety research report that provides a yearly snapshot of teen driver safety for the nation.