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The National Young Driver Survey (NYDS)

The National Young Driver Survey (NYDS) was created to help the research team better understand how teens perceive and experience driving. In 2006 using the Teen-Centered Method, we conducted 45 focus groups with teens across the country to determine survey questions. This step was necessary to ensure that the questions asked were relevant to today's teens.

The survey was distributed to 5,665 9th through 11th graders in 68 randomly selected high schools. In each high school, one 9th grade classroom, two 10th grade classrooms and one 11th grade classroom were chosen to create the sample. The NYDS asked the survey participants varied driving related and demographic questions to discover their views on driving, both personal and in relation to friends and family. The weighted data from the survey are representative of all 10.2 million public school students in 9th through 11th grades in the U.S. The NYDS is the most comprehensive current description of youth perceptions of teen driving and has been a valuable tool for setting direction for future research and effective interventions.

Read the study abstracts:

Curry AE, Garcia-Espana JF, Winston FK, Ginsburg K, and Durbin DR. Variation in Teen Driver Education by State Requirements and SociodemographicsPediatrics. 2012: Feb 13. (online).

Elliott MR, et al. Determining Subgroups of Teens for Targeted Driving Injury Prevention Strategies: A Latest Class Analysis ApproachTraffic Injury Prevention. 2012: May 21 (online).

Garcia-Espana JF, et al. Safety Belt Laws and Disparities in Safety Belt Use Among US High School DriversAmerican Journal of Public Health. 2012: April 19 (online).

Hafetz  J, Jacobsohn L, Garcia-Espana JF, Curry AE, Winston, FK. Adolescent Drivers' Perceptions of the Advantages and Disadvantages of Abstention From In-vehicle Cell Phone UseAccident Analysis and Prevention. 2010: June 30.

Barg FK, Keddem S, Ginsburg KR, and Winston FK. Teen Perceptions of Good Drivers and Safe Drivers: Implications for Reaching AdolescentsInjury Prevention. 2009; 15:24-29.

 Garcia-Espana JF, Ginsburg K, Durbin DR, Elliott MR, Winston FK. Primary Versus Shared Access to Vehicles and Its Association With Risky Teen Driving Behavior and Crashes: A National Perspective. Pediatrics. 2009; 124(4):1069-1075.

Ginsburg KR, Durbin DR, García-España JF, Kalicka EA, Winston FK. The Association Between Parenting Style and Teen Driving Safety-related Behaviors and Attitudes.Pediatrics. 2009; 124(4):1040-1051.

Elliot MR, Ginsburg KR, Winston FK. Unlicensed Teenaged Drivers: Who Are They, and How Do They Behave When They Are Behind the Wheel? Pediatrics. 2008; 122(5):e994-e1000.

Ginsburg KR, Winston FK, Senserrick TM, García-España JF, Kinsman S, Quistberg AD, Ross JG,  Elliot MR. National Young Driver Survey: Teen Perspective and Experience With Factors That Affect Driving Safety . Pediatrics. 2008; 121(5):e1391-e1403.

Hutchens L, Senserrick TM, Jamieson PE, Romer D, Winston FK. Teen Driver Crash Risk and Associations With Smoking and Drowsy DrivingAccident Analysis and Prevention. 2008; 40(3):869-876


The National Young Driver Survey (NYDS)

This landmark survey was made possible with the generous support of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm®.

Company (State Farm®).


Read the three reports based on NYDS data:

Driving Through the Eyes of Teens

Driving Through the Eyes of Teens: A Closer Look

Parents Teaching Teens to Drive: The Adolescent Perspective

Three research reports were created from key NYDS findings:

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Three research reports were created from key NYDS findings:

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Further reading:

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