Showing posts with label Teen Driving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teen Driving. Show all posts

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Distracted Driving among Teens: What We Know about It and How to Prevent It

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. (1) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2015 "Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes." (2) According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distraction was a factor in 58 percent of 1,700 videos of teen drivers taken from in-vehicle event recorders. (3) Distracted driving includes activities such as using a cell phone, texting, and eating while driving. Using in-vehicle technologies like navigation systems or stereos, can also be a source of distraction. Engaging in any of these activities while driving poses a crash risk, endangering the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as other drivers. (2)

In this webinar, Dr. Ian Reagan of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will explain what IIHS knows about distracted driving as a contributing factor in traffic collisions, contrasting teenage and older drivers throughout to underscore teens' over-representation in these crashes. The topics he will address include the prevalence of distraction in police-reported crash data and the suspect quality of these data. His presentation will conclude with a summary of research about the prevalence and crash risk of specific distracted driving behaviors identified in observational studies. Dr. Dennis Thomas of Dunlap and Associates, Inc. will review recent research studies that explored higher order skill development in teen drivers to increase their safety on the roadway. These studies all involved training young drivers to either better manage their glances at the roadway or anticipate hazards. The results focus on behavioral changes observed on live roadways or through analyses of crashes after exposure to the training.

National Center for Statistics and Analysis. (2017, March). Distracted Driving 2015. (Traffic Safety Facts Research Note. Report No. DOT HS 812 381). Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Facts and Statistics. [cited 2016 Feb 23]; Available from:
Distraction and Teen Crashes: Even Worse than We Thought. (March 25, 2015). AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Ian Reagan, Ph.D. - Dr. Reagan is a senior research scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses - deaths, injuries and property damage - from motor vehicle crashes. As a human factors researcher, Dr. Reagan studies how drivers use and adapt to technology in their cars. Since joining IIHS in 2012, Dr. Reagan has conducted research on such topics as crash avoidance technologies and driver distraction. Previously, he worked for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a research psychologist. Dr. Reagan received a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dennis Thomas, Ph.D. - Dr. Thomas's professional experience has encompassed a wide range of topics, but has been primarily focused on transportation safety. Dr. Thomas is the Vice President of Dunlap and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm which provides research and consulting services to government, industry and the legal profession, specializing in applying human factors, systems analysis and risk management techniques to assist clients in understanding and solving problems. Within the field of transportation safety, Dr. Thomas has worked on the development and evaluation of a number of safety programs for passenger vehicle drivers, commercial vehicle drivers, and pedestrians/bicyclists. He has conducted extensive nationwide reviews of traditional driver education programs, online driver education, and advanced driver education for teens. He has also evaluated state-of-the-art computer-based training programs aimed at teaching teens how to manage their glances or to anticipate potentially hazardous driving situations.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In-vehicle technology and parent engagement: A randomized trail to improve safe teen driving - Injury and Violence Seminar Series

FEBRUARY 8, 2017
12-1 PM

Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Director, Injury Prevention Research Center

University of Iowa, College of Public Health

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death for US teens, and teen drivers have crash rates higher than any other age group. In-vehicle technology that provides driving feedback to teens has been identified as a promising approach to reduce driving errors, as have efforts to improve parent supervision of teen driving. Dr. Peek-Asa will describe the neurobehavioral context for why teens are high-risk drivers, and she will present results from a randomized trial that tested the impact of in-vehicle feedback technology paired with a parent engagement program.

Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health, and Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. She is the Director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center and is the Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded University of Iowa International Injury and Violence Prevention Training program. Dr. Peek-Asa received her PhD in Epidemiology at UCLA in 1995 and has conducted epidemiological research on a number of injury topics including traffic safety, workplace violence, agricultural injury, home safety, and youth violence.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teens today and the driving revolution: ‘I’ll just call Uber’

In his USA Today article, “Many teens taking a pass on a driver’s license,” Larry Copeland reflects on the growing driving transformation. A generation ago, any 16-year-old would have rushed to get their license — instead, many of today’s 16-year-olds who still don’t have licenses are now the new norm. They move in groups and ascribe to ride-sharing activities such as Uber. Some have parents who will drive them around. Somehow, driving just isn’t as alluring as it once was.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teens Take the Wheel

This free 2-hour event will help parents and teens to start a meaningful dialogue about safe driving. 

• Learn about Colorado’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law 
• Participate in distracted driving simulations and games 
• Take part in the “What Do You Consider Lethal?” presentation 
• Witness a mock teen crash trauma scenario 
• Hear the compelling story of teen crash survivor, Jacob Smith 
• Sign the distracted driving pledge and be entered to win prizes including gift cards and driver’s education tuition

Visit South Metro Safety Foundation to register for one of the following classes:

Parker Adventist HospitalFREE 4/18/16 6:00 PM
8:00 Pm 114
Swedish Medical CenterFREE 5/2/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 67
Aurora Medical CenterFREE 5/3/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 133

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit - “Moving Towards Zero Deaths”.

June 8-10, 2016 - Keystone, CO

This year the Summit theme will transition to “Moving Towards Zero Deaths” and will
reconvene the Emphasis Area Teams created through Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

The conference will be capped at 250 attendees. There is no registration fee and complimentary hotel will be provided for Wednesday and Thursday night.

Plenary and breakout session topics include:
  • Aging (Older) Road User
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety
  • Data
  • Impaired Driving
  • Motorcycle
  • Occupant Protection
  • Young Drivers
  • Distracted Driving 

Registration will open early March. More details coming soon!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Most parents say they set limits on teen drivers—but teens don't always think so

Parents may intend to set strong limits on their teen drivers but their kids may not always be getting the message, a new nationally-representative poll suggests.

In families where parents reported limitations on their teen drivers—such as restricting cell phone use, number of teen passengers and driving times and locations—teens themselves sometimes said they did not have those limitations, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

"We know teen drivers are vulnerable to distractions while driving, and that they are also at the highest risk for crashes," says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., M.S., an emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
"Parents play a key role in promoting the safety of their teens by setting expectations for driving. We found that the great majority of parents do have rules for their teen drivers; however, teens consistently perceive fewer limits on their driving than what their parents report. This signals an opportunity for parents and teens to have more conversations about safe driving habits."

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

20-year-old invents a device to stop teens texting behind the wheel

From: Mashable

Texting while driving was listed as the number one case of death among U.S. teens back in 2013. A recent Pew Research study said that 40% of all American teens claim to have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

This sounds like an epidemic — and perhaps it's one that technology can cure. T.J. Evarts, a 20-year-old inventor, has come up with a novel solution that could easily put texting drivers on notice.

It's called Smart Wheel, and it is designed to fit over the steering wheel of most standard vehicles — tracking whether or not the driver has two hands on the wheel at all times.

When teens learn to drive, they are careful to place both hands on the wheel at the traditional "10" and "2" positions (as in 10 o' clock and 2 o' clock). But as soon as they get their driver's license, they start driving with one hand on the wheel and, often, the other on their cellphone.

Evert's invention tracks when drivers hold the wheel with one hand and will warns them with a light and a buzzing sound. When they place both hands back on the wheel the light turns back to green and the buzzing stops. It also watches for what's called "adjacent hands," where both hands are close together near the top of the wheel so the driver can both thumb type and drive at the same time.

Smart Wheel slides over any standard steering wheel and tracks how you hold it when you drive.

All the data the Smart Wheel collects is also sent to a connected app, so any parents who install the Smart Wheel can keep track of the teen's driving habits. If they try to remove or tamper with the cover, that's reported as well.

Evarts told us he was inspired to create the Smart Cover by watching his own friend's driving habits and realizing there was nothing out there to help them.

This isn't his first invention, but it is the first one he's seen become an actual product. Evarts is now the CEO of his own company.

The all-leather Smart Wheel should come out later this year and retail for $199.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

National Teen Driver Safety Week gets support from local organizations

National Teen Driver Safety Week began on Sunday the 18th and lasts until Saturday the 24th.

The safety week is aimed at bringing awareness to teens of the various driving distractions.

Colorado state patrol troopers follow 5 to Drive rules for young adults that highlight the distractions that teens need to avoid while behind the wheel.

The 5 rules include no drinking and driving, always buckle up, no texting and driving, no speeding and no more than one passenger at a time.

Alexa's Hugs, a local organization that promotes seat belt use among teenagers, is supporting Teen Driver Safety week while working with 11 schools on an annual seat belt challenge

Tad Johnson and his wife Jona Johnson started the organization in honor of his 19-year-old daughter, Alexa Johnson, who died in a rollover accident on Feb. 10, 2013 near Longmont.

She was not wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Survey compares distracted driving habits of teens and adults

From:  wtop — Teenagers often get a bad rap for distracted driving, but a new survey from AAA finds that adults are guilty of more of the bad behavior.

The survey reveals:The 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, a survey conducted in July and August of this year, looks at teen driving habits and their patterns of distraction behind the wheel.

Seventy-four percent of drivers ages 16-18 say texting or emailing while driving is completely unacceptable.
  • One in three teens report having done so in the last month.
  • Nearly half of drivers ages 16-18 report having read a text message or email while driving in the last month.
  • Three out of five drivers ages 16-18 report having talked on a cellphone of any kind while driving in the last month.
But when those statistics are compared to those for adults, teenage drivers don’t look so bad.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Texting at the light and other forms of device distraction behind the wheel

Cell phones are a well-known source of distraction for drivers, and owing to the proliferation of text messaging services, web browsers and interactive apps, modern devices provide ever-increasing temptation for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Although it is probably obvious that drivers’ manual engagement of a device while their vehicles are in motion is potentially dangerous, it may not be clear that such engagement when the vehicle is at rest (an activity broadly labeled “texting at the light”) can also impose risks. For one thing, a distracted driver at rest may fail to respond quickly to sudden changes in road conditions, such as an ambulance passing through. In addition, texting at the light may decrease so-called “situational awareness” and lead to driving errors even after the device is put down.

Access the full research article at BMC Public Health.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Teens With ADHD Are 4 Times More Likely To Be In Car Accident Than Non-ADHD Peers

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

According to a press release on PRNewswire, the book also gives parents advice on how to deal with the anxiety that comes with handing the car keys to a teen.

"We believe every parent and young teen in America should have access to this book," explains co-author John Harmata. "In particular, parents of children with ADHD should start instilling the lessons of good driving as early as age 13 or 14. Our book covers what driver's education leaves out, such as handling bad weather or night driving, maintaining a vehicle and navigating the traffic court system."

Monday, October 5, 2015

The much anticipated Celebrate my Drive Campaign is now live!

See Celebrate My Drive for all the details.

Program overview:
22 grants of $100,000 will be awarded to high schools
One winner will also receive a concert by the band Echosmith

How do schools Enter to Win?
From October 12-25, 2015, your school's administrator must submit a picture or video of how your school raises awareness for #Drive2N2, answer 4 questions and provide a brief write-up about why your school deserves to win.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Drive Smart: Talk to Your Teen About the "5 to Drive"

National Teen Driver Safety Week will take place Oct. 18-24. With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you five tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The “5 to Drive” campaign highlights the five necessary rules that teen drivers need to follow to stay safely behind the wheel. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, texting, seat belts, speeding, and extra passengers.
1. No Drinking and Driving: Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Study: From focus groups to production of a distracted driving video: Using teen input to drive injury prevention programming

The Impact program is an adolescent, injury prevention program with both school- and hospital-based components aimed at decreasing high-risk behaviors and preventing injury. The objective of this study was to obtain student input on the school-based component of Impact, as part of the program evaluation and redesign process, to ensure that the program content and format were optimal and relevant, addressing injury-related issues important for youth in our region.

Click here to view the whole study.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Study: Graduated driver license compliant teens involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes

Significant reductions in motor vehicle injury mortality have been reported for teen drivers after passage of graduated driver licensing (GDL), seat belt, and no tolerance alcohol and drug laws. Despite this, teen drivers remain a vulnerable population with elevated fatal crash involvement. This study examines driver, vehicle, and crash characteristics of GDL-compliant, belted, and unimpaired teen drivers with the goal of identifying areas where further improvements might be realized.

Monday, August 17, 2015

U-M and Kohl's launch campaign to reduce distracted driving among teens

From: MarketWatch

It's a contract full of such vows as "I will find sunglasses before driving," "I will wait until stopped to search for music" and "I will rely on passengers to make calls or text for me" - signed by teens before hitting the road as new drivers.

The teen-parent driving agreement is just one of the many free online tools offered to young drivers, parents, families, schools and communities through the new Kohl's Drive Smart initiative launched this summer.

A $299,497 grant from Kohl's Department Stores is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. The grant has allowed the pediatric trauma program at University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital to develop a novel, evidence-based program designed to reduce distracted teen driving. The program was developed in conjunction with U-M Injury Center and U-M Transportation Research Institute.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Campaign Targets Parents Of Teen Drivers

From: NBC 6

The “Driving the Right Message” campaign’s goal is to educate parents about the important role they play in keeping their teen safe at the wheel. Sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the campaign will reach parents through a variety of methods, including movie theater and gas pump topper ads, web site ads and posters. The campaign’s logo includes a QR code that takes parents to the web site which provides resources and tools about how to keep teen drivers safe.

“This campaign is another way to make a positive impact on teen-related crashes,” said Courtney Phillips, DHHS Chief Executive Officer. “By educating parents about their important role in teen driver safety, we are also helping teens become responsible, skilled drivers.”

With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for Nebraska’s teen drivers, parental involvement is crucial. Parents who are supportive and involved with their teen driver can lower their teen’s crash risk by 50 percent. Modeling safe driving practices such as always using a seat belt, no cell phone use and driving the speed limit also makes an impact.

The statistics show teen drivers with involved parents are more apt to have safer driving behaviors. They are twice as likely to use their seat belt, 70 percent less likely to drink and drive, half as likely to speed, 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving, and significantly less likely to drive with multiple passengers.

“Parents play a key role, and when they talk to their teens about safe driving, they are helping to prevent car crashes," said Judy Martin, Deputy Director of Community and Environmental Health of DHHS. "We hope that this campaign will spark a conversation between parents and their teen driver."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Even Self-Proclaimed 'Safe' Teen Drivers Play With Their Phones Behind The Wheel

From: Huffington Post

If you think a 9-to-5 schedule is tough, be glad you're not a high schooler. Their schedules are packed with activities -- sports, community service, yearbook club, AP tests -- to help them make it into college, and their smartphones provide an easy way to constantly obsess over whatever their friends are doing.

That sounds like a recipe for 24/7 stress -- and a new survey suggests it all could have fatal consequences when teens get behind the wheel.

Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance on Tuesday released the results of a recent study indicating that an "always-on" lifestyle can lead to dangerous driving habits. The groups report that 52 percent of teens surveyed get less than six hours of sleep every night during the week, though the National Sleep Foundation says they should be getting eight to 10.

Worse, these drowsy drivers are glued to their smartphones: 34 percent of teens in the study said they glance at app notifications when they're driving, and 88 percent of those who consider themselves "safe" drivers confess to using apps when they're behind the wheel. (A spokesman for Liberty Mutual told The Huffington Post that a previous version of the study's press release erroneously stated that 48 percent of surveyed teens look at app notifications when driving.)