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Read news stories featuring the research behind Teen Driver Source and evidence-based resources.

06/12/2019
Where's the Safest Place in a Car Crash?

The rear seat remains the safest seating location for children under age 13 – but how can automakers optimize safety? A study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety highlights the need for advanced seat belts to move into the rear seat to protect its most common passengers: kids and older adults. Read more in this New York Times article featuring Aditya Belwadi, PhD, CPST. 

06/11/2019
How to keep teen drivers’ eyes on the road, and their fingers off the keyboard

In this article, Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and a researcher at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses tips and tricks keep teens off their phones while driving. 

05/22/2019
Teen Drivers With ADHD More Likely To Get Into Crash, Study Says

This study is the first of its kind to examine traffic violations and accident reports linked to teenage patients with ADHD. The results found that teens with ADHD are significantly more likely to get into a car crash or get a ticket than their peers. Study co-author Ben Yerys states: “Within the first month of getting your license, they were 62% more likely to get into an accident.That’s a pretty striking number.” The study examines what makes teens with ADHD more likely to recieve these road violations. 

05/20/2019
Crash Risk Much Higher for Teen Drivers With ADHD

A new study discovers that teens with ADHD are more likely to get into a car accident than their peers. Teens with ADHD are also more likely to get traffic tickets and engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, using electronics behind the wheel and driving too fast. The study examines what makes teens find themselves in these situations. 

05/20/2019
Teen drivers with ADHD have higher crash rates even with graduated licenses

A new study discovers that new teen drivers with ADHD are more likely to crash their cars than adolescents who don’t have ADHD - especially right after they get their license.Compared to teens without ADHD, young drivers with the condition were 62 percent more likely to crash within the first month of getting licensed. And over their first four years behind the wheel, teens with ADHD were 37 percent more likely to crash. Curry's study looks at teens with ADHD, why they crash, and how these Graduated License Programs help teens with ADHD be safe while driving. 

05/16/2019
Why We Can't Stop Using Our Phones While Driving

Why can't we stop using our phones while driving? "People tend to respond to immediate gratification, rather than delaying things to prevent crashes in the future," explains Dr. Kit Delgado, a CHOP/University of Pennsylvania researcher, to WHYY-FM's The Pulse. Dr. Delgado studies why teens drive distracted and ways to prevent this behavior in the future.