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

Watch Natalie Morales Teach Her Teenage Son to Drive

Teaching a teen to drive can be nerve-racking! Watch as the TODAY Show's Natalie Morales and her son, Josh, begin the journey. As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP, met with Natalie and Josh to test his driving skills using Ready-Assess, a virtual driving test conducted on a mobile driving simulator she co-created with Diagnostic Driving, Inc. For more information on resources mentioned during the segment, visit 


Professor Emily Logan and Professor Flaura Winston Awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Paediatrics

Flaura Winston, MD, PhD was recently selected as an Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Paediatrics, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for her extensive research to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and  young adults in the area of traffic medicine. 

'Working Memory,' Essential to Safe Driving, Linked to Teen Driving Crashes

“There is considerable variation in working memory development during the teen years, and some teens may not be as ready to drive on their own without additional assistance,” says Dr. Daniel Romer, a senior fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and research director at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in this article on working memory and teen driving in Forbes.

Why States Need Stronger Licensing Policies to Reduce Young Driver Crashes

Dozens of studies have documented the crash-reducing benefits of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) for 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds in states with well-structured licensing systems. Unfortunately, these findings have not been translated into enhancements to most states' GDL systems, explains Dr. Allison E. Curry in this blog post from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's PolicyLab.  

Changes in the Brain Make Some Teens More Likely to Crash Their Cars

The moment of a car crah is the result of thousands of split-second decisions gone wrong: overlooking a deer lurking on the side of the road, or slamming on the brakes at the wrong time. Those instincts are honed through hours spent behind the wheel, but new research in JAMA Network Open suggests that they're also linked to brain development, which could explain why some teenagers get into more crashes than others do.

Fatal Car Crashes Are Way More Likely With Teens Behind the Wheel -- But Is Inexperience Really to Blame?

"What we know from the field of neuroscience is that the brain is still developing through adolescence and into even the twenties," says Elizabeth Walshe, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania who recently published a study in JAMA Open Access. Although inexperience contributes to the higher crash rate, she says, her team found there was more to it: A certain kind of memory -- one that's crucial for safe driving -- may play an important role in reducing crash risk.