What if there were a way to proactively assess a driver's preparedness for handling the most common serious crash situations? What if we could identify which critical skills each driver must improve before they start driving on their own? And what if this could all be done efficiently using safe and smart virtual driving technology? This scenario is becoming a reality at 57 license testing sites and 350 driver training schools in the state of Ohio using a virtual driving assessment tool developed by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP and Diagnostic Driving, Inc.
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the launch of a statewide virtual driver assessment program that will better equip Ohio’s new drivers with critical skills to safely navigate the roads. The Ohio – Ready, Test, Drive!” program will install 400 customized virtual driving assessment systems in Ohio’s 57 driver examination locations, as well as in many of Ohio’s driver training schools. The free virtual driving systems will scientifically examine student driver preparedness and help Ohio make data-driven improvements to its overall driver’s education curriculum.
Read about REU 2019 alum Kayla Sansevere's experience at CIRP as an Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) student and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation scholarship she received. During her internship, the Arcadia University student assisted with a project that investigated the neuropsychological factors underlying risky driving behavior in developing young drivers.
Teen drivers diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to crash, be issued traffic and moving violations, and engage in risky driving behaviors than their peers without ADHD, according to research conducted at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"Ohio is pioneering and proactive in their approach. They are the first state to take advantage of licensing as a highly teachable moment when new drivers and their families are focused on driver training and preparation for the licensing exam," says Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD, founder and scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and chief scientific advisor at Diagnostic Driving, Inc, in this news story about Ohio's plan to expand virtual driving assessment statewide..