Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Proven Tools to Help Protect Teen Drivers: Injury Center News

one of the most important safety features for your teen driver is YOU.

Many parents don’t realize it, but the #1 threat to their teen’s safety is driving or riding in a car with a teen driver. The fact is, about 3,000 teens lose their lives every year in car crashes. That’s eight teens a day too many. The main cause? Driver inexperience.

CDC’s Parents Are the Key campaign helps to educate parents on their invaluable role in reducing risk and managing their teens’ driving behavior. Now, just in time for National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25), CDC has launched a refreshed Parents Are the Key website, featuring new materials and resources in English and Spanish—including a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.

We encourage you to visit the Parents Are the Key website, which we’ve designed to help parents, pediatricians, and communities keep teen drivers safe on the road.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Teen Driver Safety Research Released

A new report, led by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH and funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, sheds new light on crash involvement of newly-licensed young drivers. Available on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Teen Safe Driving Challenge Officially Launched

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Teens are more at-risk to get into car crashes than adults because they are new drivers. On Thursday, DRIVE SMART COLORADO, held a kick-off breakfast to launch their program's 26th year. It's aimed to teach kids safe driving.

The program is called "High School Traffic Safety Challenge" and it's meant to be a peer-led six-week course for high school students in our area. This year, 34 high schools from El Paso and Teller Counties signed up.

Lt. Scott Schwall with the Colorado Springs Police Department said the course can be very informative. He said many high schools don't offer a driver's training course anymore.

"They educate the students about the dangerous of drinking and driving, the dangers of texting a driving. As we know, teens are at a higher risk with being involved with accidents because they are new drivers," said Schwall.

DRIVE SMART COLORADO says that when teens wear seatbelts, they are about 50% to 75% less likely to get injured in a car crash. They also said, the number of teens using cell phones while driving went down 6% last year after the course.

The kick-off breakfast, Thursday, was a way for teens from several high schools to learn about resources available to them to create the challenge.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOTOsafety Helps Parents Monitor Teen Drivers

From: GPS World


Agilis Systems, LLC, a provider of GPS-based software solutions for businesses, now offers MOTOsafety Teen Driving Coach — a specialty consumer product designed to help parents monitor location and driving behaviors of their teenage drivers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New App Does the Math on Risk for Teen Drivers

ADEPT Driver, the maker of teenSMART, released a new risk calculator app called the Risk-O-lator™ that teen drivers and parents can use to measure the increased risk of being involved in a collision based on choices made by teen drivers. The free mobile app is available for download in advance of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25).

Using the Risk-O-lator app, teen drivers can test their knowledge about risky driving behavior. The Risk-O-lator calculates how risks for teen drivers are increased and compounded by activities such as texting while driving, speeding, tailgating, driving at night, or driving with other teens in the car. Using the Risk-O-lator, teen drivers can determine how taking multiple risks at the same time, such as texting and tailgating can significantly increase the chance that a teen will be involved in a collision. By decreasing or avoiding these risks, teen drivers can decrease their chance of a collision.

"We created the Risk-O-lator app to do the math on risky driving," said Dr. Richard Harkness, neurocognitive psychologist and CEO of ADEPT Driver. "Many teen drivers don't understand that doing things like texting, driving with other teens in the car, or tailgating can dramatically compound their driving risk. Doing any of those things at the same time makes the risk add up even faster. Drivers can control most of the risk factors by how they behave when they are behind the wheel. The Risk-O-lator shows drivers how their actions can multiply risk, so they can make the smartest, safest driving choices."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Study: Voice-Command Systems Contribute To Distracted Driving

From: NPR

Carmakers would like you to think that voice-command systems keep you focused on the road. Recent research indicates that voice commands, like Siri, more than likely cause distracted driving.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CDC Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries – Costly but Preventable

More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012. These crash injuries totaled $18 billion in lifetime medical costs and $33 billion in lifetime work lost costs, according to this month’s edition of CDC Vital Signs.

The best way to keep people safe and reduce costs is to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. But if a crash does occur, many injuries can still be avoided through the use of proven interventions.