Teen Driving Skills 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 teens acquire the necessary skills and experience to drive safely when newly licensed:
- See more at: https://www.teendriversource.org/more_pages/page/safe_driving_assessment#sthash.MGUsK8IN.dpufRead more about study results and to view common errors novice teen drivers make
Please contact Flaura Winston, MD, PhD at (215) 590-5208 or firstname.lastname@example.org
u or or Catherine McDonald, PhD, RN at (215) 746-8355 or email@example.com
for more study information.
The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health, and the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS).
- Development of an On-Road Driving Assessment for Learner Teen Drivers
The ability to identify driving skill deficits during the learner permit phase would significantly advance teen driver research. To accomplish this goal, CHOP researchers developed the On-Road Driving Assessment for Learner Teen Drivers (tODA) to assess a wide range of specific driving tasks and characterize the nature of safety-relevant behaviors (classified as "critical errors") that teens make during the learner phase. Initial results show that the tODA expands the reportoire of driving assessments for teens and could be used in research studies or practical evaluations of driving performance.
Please contact Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE for more study information at (215) 590-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was supported by the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (State Farm®).
- Perpetually Accurate Video Manipulation of Vehicle Speed for Teen Driver Training
CHOP researchers are working with Parallel Consulting, Petaluma, CA, to develop an innovative tool for training teen drivers in speed management. The goal of the research is to develop and validate an innovative approach for driver's education that uses digital visual effects for manipulating vehicle speed as part of a web-based training system. Previous research has shown that effective training must include naturalistic descriptions that reflect the complexity of a situation. This system will provide perceptually accurate cues that teens will learn to associate with safe speeds so that when they encounter similar situations in real world driving, they will be able to draw on this experiential knowledge to make safe judgments about their speed. Read a blog post about the research.
Please contact Yi-Ching Lee, PhD, for more study information at LeeYI@email.chop.edu.
This project is supported by a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Listen to an NPR news story about CHOP's Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA) research.
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