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On Road Driving Assessment

Teen drivers exit the learner permit period with difficulty executing a variety of driving behaviors. The ability to identify these skill deficits during the learner permit phase would significantly advance teen driver research. We approached this goal by developing a safe, developmentally appropriate, and challenging on-road driving assessment of teen drivers during the learner permit phase.

The On-road Driving Assessment for Learner Teen Drivers (tODA) can assess a wide range of specific driving tasks and characterize the nature of safety-relevant errors (classified as “critical errors”). Published data suggest that the tODA expands the repertoire of driving assessments by providing a means to safely and systematically assess drivers with varying levels of expertise in the context of practical evaluations of driver performance.

The tODA was used in the development of TeenDrivingPlan (TDP), an evidence-based interactive web-based program to help parents more effectively supervise their teens' practice driving.  Learn more.


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