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May 5, 2008

Thousands of Teens Reveal Their Driving Perceptions and Experience in Scientific Survey; Researchers Identify Gaps in Education

Perception does not equal reality with teen drivers according to a study released today by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in the journal Pediatrics. Using the National Young Driver Survey, researchers studied more than 5,000 9th through 11th graders from across the country to examine their attitudes about 25 risky driving situations. Teens identified the factors they perceived as most important in a safe driving situation, and then estimated how often they see their peers exhibit these behaviors. Their answers revealed important gaps in teens' understanding of factors that can lead to crashes.

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