Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability among drivers ages 15 to 20, researchers note in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. But while researchers have long understood that distracted driving plays a big role in this risk, the current study offers fresh evidence that the chances of a crash can vary based on the type of activity that causes teens to take their attention off the road. In the current study, researchers outfitted cars used by 82 newly licensed teen drivers with cameras and sensors to detect how various distractions and situations might contribute to inattention or crashes.
Teen Driver reports on distance driven, maximum speed the vehicle traveled, any over-speed warnings, any time there's a wide-open throttle and number of times other safety systems were activated. With the help of technology, Chevrolet introduced a feature called Teen Driver to help ease some of those anxieties. I first got a look at Teen Driver back in when it was introduced with the Chevrolet Malibu.
Government statistics paint a grim picture of teen drivers and car accidents. Most teen motor vehicle accidents are preventable, however. With the help of teen driver technology, parents can encourage responsible behavior behind the wheel.
Parents know firsthand how attached teens are to their smartphones. Parents may know the dangers of distracted driving, but they want to know that their teen drivers are aware of the risks, too. Of course, before you start tracking, be sure to get their consent first.
Many newer-model vehicles have built-in driver assistance safety features available, including:. Electronic stability control ESC. When a vehicle begins skidding on curvy or slippery roads, this computerized technology automatically applies the brakes to help drivers regain control of the steering.
Raven tracks activity. A need for speed may seem like fun to a teenager, but creates a more dangerous road ahead, especially with a novice behind the wheel. Even at a distance, parents can find out when their vehicle is being driven carelessly.
Nothing is more important than the safety of your family. Studies have shown that teenage drivers are more likely to make poor driving decisions, such as speeding, not fastening their seat belts, or distracted driving. Chevrolet Teen Driver Technology gives parents tools to educate and counsel new drivers on important safe driving behaviors.
Once they have mastered this concept, then, sure, let them wallow in all the technology. Our friends at Car Talk were teen driving safety advocates long before the manufacturers started producing cars with advanced safety technology. In fact, they just produced a new Teen Driving Toolkit with a lot of data, plus a handy contract to sign with your kids as they venture out for their first solo miles in the car.
Impact Teen Drivers is an organization intended to help teens reduce their risk of being involved in auto collisions, particularly those caused by everyday distractions and inexperienced decision making. Kelly Browning. Jon Hamm conceived the idea because of the large number of crashes involving youth that the California Highway Patrol respond to.
Study: Pediatricians support alternative MOC assessment. Concerted safety efforts and campaigns led to a halving of young driver fatalities between andalthough a recent analysis suggesting a reversal of that trend has generated some concern. Risk factors Numerous factors increase the risk of crashes and deaths for teen drivers, beginning with their developmental stage, according to Dr. Youth are characterized by their striving for autonomy, impulsivity, risk taking, and greater susceptibility to peer influences, compounded by poor judgment of hazards.