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Teen Driver Safety
3/2017

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.

Teen Driver Safety, Distracted Driving
6/2016

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 Safety
5/2015

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.

Teen Driver Safety, Distracted Driving
3/2015

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.

Teen Driver Safety
9/2014

This report examines driver education programs in two jurisdictions in order to better understand whether and to what extent they have a positive effect on teen driver safety.

Teen Driver Safety, Traffic Safety
8/2014

Examines teen driver violations of GDL provisions in 2 states to gain insight into enforcement of these restrictions.

Teen Driver Safety
8/2013

Part IV in a series of studies, conducted at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, of novice teen drivers. This report provides an overview of a training session developed for parents, that aims to improve parent "coaching" of their teen drivers.

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