Press Releases


Press Releases

Read press releases about the research behind Teen Driver Source featuring CIRP@CHOP experts.

Nearly Half of Young Drivers Are Resuming Driving Just Weeks After Sustaining a Concussion

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that nearly half of teens who sustained a concussion were back to driving approximately two weeks after the injury, even though few had returned to exercise and sports.

Virtual Driving Assessment Shows Feasibility, Validity and Efficiency as Part of Licensing Process

A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates the feasibility, validity, and efficiency of incorporating a virtual driving assessment into the licensing process for new drivers. The findings were published today in Health Affairs.

Study Finds Younger and Older Drivers More Likely to Drive Older, Less Safe Vehicles

A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that teen drivers and drivers 65 years and older – two age groups at a higher risk of being involved in an automobile accident – are more likely to be driving vehicles that are less safe, putting them at even higher risk of injury. The findings underscore the need for these groups to prioritize driving the safest vehicle they can afford. The findings were published today in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

Teens with a History of ADHD Need Stronger Monitoring of Health Risks

Adolescents with a history of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at an increased risk of adverse outcomes, including sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), mental health conditions, and car crashes. A new study, conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, is the first to examine the clinical practices of primary care clinicians as children with ADHD advance through adolescence. Its findings identify opportunities to improve the care of adolescents with a history of ADHD and to develop additional resources and training for clinicians.   

Slower Growth in Working Memory Linked to Teen Driving Crashes

Research into why adolescent drivers are involved in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of injury and death among 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States, has often focused on driving experience and skills. But a new study suggests that development of the adolescent brain may play a critical role in whether a teenager is more likely to crash.

The study finds that slower growth in the development of working memory is associated with motor vehicle crashes, which points to cognitive development screening as a potential new strategy for identifying and tailoring driving interventions for teens at high risk for crashes.

Parent Support Is Key When Autistic Adolescents Want to Learn to Drive

Autistic adolecents need the support of their parents or guardians to prioritize independence so that they are prepared for learning to drive, according to a study of specialized driving instructors who have worked specifically with young autistic drivers. They also emphasized the need to develop and refine best practices to guide assessment and delivery of highly individualized instruction for autistic adolescents. These findings were compiled by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and recently published in the journal Autism in Adulthood