Teen Driver Safety

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

Graduated Driver Licensing systems have been shown to reduce rates of crashes, injuries, and deaths of young novice drivers. Although new drivers of all ages have elevated crash rates, and an estimated one in three drivers receive their first license at or after the age of 18, most U.S.

Accelerating Teen Driver Learning: Anywhere, Anytime Training

Previous research has shown that young novice drivers perform much worse than do experienced drivers in three key areas that likely contribute to their significantly elevated crash rates: keeping their attention focused on the forward roadway, recognizing latent or hidden hazards in the driving environment, and taking appropriate action in response to such hazards.

Development of a Novice Driver Training Module to Accelerate Driver Perceptual Expertise

Compared to experienced drivers, new teen drivers need a longer time to acquire the necessary expertise to recognize and react to emerging situations or potential hidden threats on roadways. The work presented in this report developed a stand-alone, self-administered training module intended to accelerate the process of perceptual expertise for young, novice drivers. This training module was tested with a small sample of young drivers to examine its functionality and usability.

Using Naturalistic Driving Data to Examine Teen Driver Behaviors Present in Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2007-2015

A follow-on naturalistic study was conducted of teen drivers ages 16 - 19 involved in vehicle crashes between August 2013 and April 2015. There were 538 crashes during this interval, supplementing the original report's 1,691 teen driver crashes. Distraction-related, teen driver crashes due to cell phone use appear to be much more prevalent than is reflected in official government statistics.

Teen Driver Crashes 1994-2013

This study investigates the changes and trends in the number of teenage drivers aged 15 – 19 involved in police-reported crashes each year for the 20-year period from 1994 through 2013.

Using Naturalistic Driving Data to Assess the Prevalence of Environmental Factors and Driver Behaviors in Teen Driver Crashes

In this study, we conducted a large-scale comprehensive examination of naturalistic data from thousands of actual crashes involving teenage drivers. The data allowed us to examine behaviors and potential contributing factors in the seconds leading up to the collision, and provided information not available inpolice reports.


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