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Media Contact:Camillia M. Travia
Public Relations Specialist
June 8, 2015
Many New Licensed Drivers Don't Know How to Drive
Passing the state driver's licensing test does not always mean new drivers have the critical skills they need to drive safely. In fact, for all new drivers, regardless of their age, crash risk is highest immediately following licensure, and driver errors due to inexperience and lack of skill cause the majority of these crashes. For teens in the US this is particularly critical: Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death.
Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the University of Pennsylvania have developed and validated the Simulated Driving Assessment (SDA), offering for the first time a safe way to assess novice teen drivers' skills in high-risk driving scenarios that commonly lead to crashes. The study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, followed more than a decade of foundational research regarding young driver crashes and over five years of research to create and validate a simulator-based driver assessment that can differentiate between skilled and non-skilled drivers.