Center for Injury Research and Prevention

TeenDrivingPlan Research

TeenDrivingPlan research

TeenDrivingPlan (TDP) is an interactive web-based program to help parents more effectively supervise driving practice. Its development involved five years of formative research followed by a randomized, controlled trial of young drivers and their parent supervisors.

TeenDrivingPlan has four components: (1) Learn, (2) Plan, (3) Practice, (4) Log & Rate(as shown in the screenshot from the program at right). The learning component features 53 brief videos to guide parents in creating a positive learning environment and structuring practice activities in a variety of driving settings. The planning component features an interactive practice planner to help families select concrete goals for each practice session. The logging and rating tool helps families keep track of practice hours and skill development.

Key Results From TeenDrivingPlan Research

  • Young drivers that used TeenDrivingPlan over a 24-week period were 65 percent less likely to fail a rigorous on-road driving assessment than those not given access to the intervention.
  • Overall, six percent of teenagers that used TeenDrivingPlan had their on-road driving assessment terminated due to unsafe driving performance as compared to 15 percent of those not given TDP.
  • Families who used TeenDrivingPlan also reported more driving practice in various environments, at night, and in bad weather.
  • TeenDrivingPlan increased parent engagement as practice supervisors, practice variety (at least one to two hours of practice in all six driving environments), and parent support of teens.

An intervention such as this, rigorously tested and based on solid behavioral objectives, holds promise in making the learner period of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) more effective.

Read the JAMA Pediatrics abstract

Read the Journal of Adolescent Health abstract

Read the Injury Prevention abstract

Principal Investigator: Jessica Mirman, PhD; Funding: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

TeenDrivingPlan Program Dissemination

Since completion of the clinical trial, CIRP Outreach staff has worked with the researchers to adapt the TeenDrivingPlan version used in the clinical trial to a licensable version designed for community-based implementation. The team has also created a set of web-based components that can be accessed on TeenDriverSource.org.