Teen Driving Safety Reports

The Teen Driving Safety Research Team at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP has published several teen driver safety research reports. These teen driver safety reports describe findings from our studies and include teenage driving statistics and actionable steps teen driver safety advocates, educators, and policymakers can take to help reduce crash rates involving teens behind the wheel.


Ohio Portable Driver Simulator System Pilot

This research brief provides a detailed report on progress and findings for the first 14 months of the Ohio Portable Driver Simulator System (PDSS) pilot. In the pilot, the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OBMV) implemented a previously validated virtual driving test at five Ohio licensing centers as a screener for the driver’s license on-road exam.

Extending US Graduated Driver Licensing to Older Novice Drivers: Critical Analysis of the Issues

This analysis reviewed the existing evidence involved in extending Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) to older novice drivers and was conducted by Allison E. Curry, PhD, Robert D. Foss, PhD, and Allan F. Williams and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in August 2017. It provides policymakers with specific recommendations for improving GDL in their state.

Older Novice Driver Crash Rates in New Jersey: Informing the Need for Extending Graduated Driver Licensing Restrictions

This report evaluated whether there is epidemiological evidence to support -- from a crash risk perspective -- adoption of passenger and nighttime restrictions for older novice drivers (ages 21 and older). Researchers utilized the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data Warehouse to select all NJ drivers who were licensed between 2006 and 2014 and then grouped them on their age when licensed: 17; 18 to 20; 21 to 24; and 25 or older to study overall crash rates, as well as early and late night crashes and multiple passenger crashes.

Young Driver Crash Rates in New Jersey by Driving Experience, Age, and License Phase

This report examines trends in crash rates among young drivers over the first 24 months of licensure by age at licensure, experience, and Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) licensing phase.

Young Driver Licensing in New Jersey: Rates and Trends, 2006-2011

This report examines trends in licensure for New Jersey teens from 2006 to 2011 and provides valuable evidence to advocate for states to boost their GDL provisions to protect older novice drivers.

Miles to go: Focusing on Risks for Teen Driver Safety

The Center's third report on various teenage driving statistics focuses on risky behaviors associated with teen driver crashes. It also shares the progress made in reducing teen driver-related crashes since 2005 and direction for the development of strategies to further drive down the number of people killed in these crashes each year.

Miles to go: Monitoring Progress in Teen Driver Safety

The center's second report on various teenage driving statistics focuses on the progress made in reducing teen driver-related crashes since 2005. The report broadens the context of the benchmarks established in the first report in the series, published 2011, to observe trends over time, state-specific motor vehicle crash fatality rates and injury stats for teens. It provides a snapshot on the progress and impact of teen driver safety initiatives to help policymakers, educators, and researchers set the agenda for future work to improve teen driver safety.

Miles to go: Establishing Benchmarks for Teen Driver Safety

The Center's first national report on teen driving examines the broader impact of teen driver crashes on society and sets benchmarks for change.Through 11 different indicators, the report provides a framework for monitoring the progress and impact of teen driver safety initiatives.

Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look

This research brief summarizes seven CIRP research studies published in 2008-2009 that stress the important role parents play in helping their teens become safe drivers. The teenage driving statistics found in the report also offer recommendations for advocacy to improve teen driver safety policy.

Driving: Through the Eyes of Teens

This research brief describes what teens shared as part of the National Young Driver Survey (NYDS), a research collaboration of CIRP and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Through their eyes and in their words – high school students told us what affects driving safety and provided insights on parental involvement, distractions, and risky driving behaviors

Parents Teaching Teens to Drive: The Adolescent Perspective

This research brief that provides adolescent perspective on parents teaching teens to drive. By describing adult involvement in their learning, these teen drivers provide researchers with valuable information to improve the learning-to-drive process.

The Science of Safe Driving Among Adolescents

This report, published by CIRP and CHOP and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, is an evidence-based road map for exploring effective interventions to reduce teen driver-related crash and injury risk based on conversations with the world's leading experts on teens, driver safety, and teen driving. Expert panelists summarized state-of-the-art research and knowledge in relation to driving in an 11-paper series published in the June 2006 issue of Injury Prevention as a special supplement.

Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) Annual Reports

The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS) publishes annual reports that feature unique teen driving safety research projects. These projects are also featured in the Center's 10-Year Anniversary Report and Timeline. The CChIPS research portfolio is continually evolving by utilizing the latest technology research tools to address current challenges and emerging issues in teen driver safety, as guided by science and Industry Advisory Board (IAB) member companies. Access them here.