Current Research Projects
Teen Drivers' Skill Acquisition and Training
Studies of newly-licensed teen drivers indicate that they exit the learner permit period with significant difficulty executing a variety of driving behaviors. The following projects are currently underway to help teen drivers receive the necessary skill acquisition and training to drive safely when newly licensed:
The Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA)
For more information on this study, please contact Catherine C. McDonald, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The development of TDP, an interactive web-based program to help parents more effectively supervise driving practice, involved five years of formative research followed by a randomized, controlled trial of young drivers and their parent supervisors. Key TDP study results show that the intervention increases parent engagement as driving supervisors, practice variety, and parent support of teens. Young drivers that used TDP over a 24-week period were 65 percent less likely to fail a rigorous on-road driving assessment than those not given access to TDP. Familes who used TDP also reported more driving practice in various environments, at night, and in bad weather. Read more about the research.
For more information on this study, please contact Dennis Durbin, MD at email@example.com.
This project is supported by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
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