Teen Driving Safety
Parents need to get more involved in teen driving.
The good news: fatal car crashes are on the decline.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new campaign that challenges parents to discuss five critical driving practices with their teenage drivers that can have the greatest beneficial impacts in the event of a crash. The new "5 to Drive" campaign is being launched to coincide with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, 2013.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the most common causes of death for adolescents in the United States. Adolescents are 4 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash compared with drivers older than 20 years. A major risk factor for motor vehicle crashes is distracted driving.
Distracted driving includes the following:
1. Any behavior that takes the driver’s eyes off the road (visual distraction).
With the ban on texting-while-driving taking effect Tuesday, the outreach by schools will be key. Florida is going without a major campaign to alert the public about the law after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a $1 million expenditure intended in part to help promote the ban.
Put it down. No text is worth a life. Don't text and drive — it's the law.
And Tampa Bay schools want students to know.
Across the region, schools are ramping up efforts to raise awareness about Florida's new texting-while-driving law and to educate one of the most at-risk demographics on the road — teenage drivers.
Driving while texting can be worse than driving after drinking.
It’s that time of the year when schools, student clubs, and community leaders want ideas for how they can use National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) as a platform to promote teen driver safety.
Parent and Teen Agreement on Driving Expectations Prior to Teen Licensure | American Journal of Health Behavior
Objectives: To examine pre-licensure agreement on driving expectations and predictors of teen driving expectations among parent-teen dyads. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 163 parent-teen dyads.
Driving After Drug or Alcohol Use by US High School Seniors, 2001–2011 | American Journal of Public Health
Objectives. We examined prevalence, trends, and correlates of driving or riding after use of drugs or alcohol among US high school seniors from 2001 to 2011.
Methods. Data come from Monitoring the Future, an annual survey of nationally representative samples of high school seniors. We used logistic regressions with data from more than 22 000 respondents to examine multivariate associations with demographic and lifestyle factors.
Music may soothe the savage beast, but a new study from Accident Analysis & Prevention argues that novice teenage drivers who rock out to a playlist of favorite tunes may end up with impaired motor skills.
Active listening -- humming along with, tapping out the beat of or otherwise getting absorbed by tracks youthful drivers know and like -- appears to distract them from the rules of the road, researchers report.