Mark your calendar
for the 60th ADTSEA Conference
in Portland, Oregon, July 17 – 20, 2016.
Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach
909 N. Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217
National Student Safety Program Teen Leadership Conference
July 15th – 18th, 2016 in Portland, OR
The National Student Safety Program (NSSP) exists for youth to develop leadership, positive relationships, and programs that help to reduce death and injury on our nation’s highways through traffic safety education. NSSP celebrates 60 proud years of providing youth with an annual opportunity to share teen developed programs. We invite you to be a part of this exciting conference. This year’s conference is titled “Blazing the Safety Trail”.
For more information visit the NSSP website.
LONG BEACH, CA April 2, 2016
ADTSEA, Michelin and FIA will be conducting a tire safety workshop prior to the ADTSEA National Conference on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon. There is no fee for the workshop, but you must register for the conference to attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The workshop will be open to 30 participants.
If you are interested in attending the ADTSEA pre-conference workshop please complete the Registration Form and return to the ADTSEA office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 724-349-5042 indicating your attendance at the workshop. Remember the workshop is only open to 30 participants. Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the workshop.
If you have any questions please contact the ADTSEA office at 724-801-8246.
2016 Election Results
The ADTSEA office would like to thank everyone who participated and extend our congratulations to those elected.
President Elect: Wendy Bills, UT
Secretary/Treasurer: Gary Scott, KS
NE Board of Directors: Nancy Andrus, VT
NW Board of Directors: Yusuf Quidwai, WA
NC Board of Directors: Karen Sorenson, WI
SE Board of Directors: Karl Logan, NC
SW Board of Directors: Fred Nagao, HI
SC Board of Directors: Allyn Workman, MO
THE DRIVER INSTRUCTORS SYMPOSIUM
Sunday - Wednesday, April 10-13, 2016
Do you feel like the challenges you face in driver training go unaddressed in typical EVOC conferences and forums?
Is your agency, academy, or school having trouble communicating with students whose driving experience is based more in technology than vehicle dynamics as you know them?
Sunday, April 10
Join us for our opening reception and valuable content to follow.
Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & 12
Focused on Instructor challenges in the 21st century, speakers will delve into such topics as training Digital Natives for analog outcomes, as well as law enforcement and first responder challenges and strategies for connecting with millennial generation learners. Other topics to include how safe driving technologies & semi‐autonomous vehicle design will affect future training curriculum. Behind the wheel exercises and demonstrations will be available, as well as networking opportunities before and after each presentation. A closing dinner on Tuesday evening is included in the registration cost.
Wednesday, April 13
SKIDCAR maintenance clinics and Instructor recertification modules will be offered for current SKIDCAR Instructors and users.
Teenage Drivers? Be Very Afraid
Among the people who know what they are talking about, the unanimous message to parents is: You’re not worried nearly enough. Get much more involved. Your child’s life may be in danger. Read more here.
Spend enough time having parenting conversations, as I’ve done personally and professionally for the last dozen years, and certain patterns emerge. In nine out of 10 cases, if you’re talking about highly motivated parents, the message to Mom and Dad is: back off, chill out, park the helicopter.
Whether you want your children to be independent, resilient, creative; whether you’re talking to teachers, psychologists, grandparents; whether you’re discussing homework, food, sports; the recommendation, time and again, is relax.
Recently, I stumbled onto a topic in which the advice was the exact opposite.
Gizmo Guy: New devices keep a close watch on teen drivers
The week I got my driver's license, my parents rushed out of town to a funeral. "You can use the car, but don't go far," warned Dad on his way out the door. "Whatever you do, don't cross the bridge."
Meaning, I shouldn't go visit my teenage crush Ruth and buddy Jake, who'd introduced us, in remote Cherry Hill.
Of course, I did that anyway, and got away with it. But probably wouldn't today, I realized last week, while cruising across the same Ben Franklin Bridge in a new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with Teen Driver tech.
Variations are also in a number of Ford, Hyundai, and Mercedes rides, and in aftermarket devices such as Cellcontrol and CarLink. Teen driver tech is being billed as a way to reduce car crashes, now the top killer of teens in the United States, says the American Automobile Association. Read more here.
Teen Driving Dangers: Teen drivers face greatest danger in first 12 months
If you’re the parent of a teenager, then you have every right to be concerned about teen driving statistics. Auto accidents is still the #1 killer of teens from the age of 16-19. So, why do six teen drivers die on the road every day? And what can you, the concerned parent, do about it?
Learning how to drive is a rite of passage. A license gives teens more independence. This newfound freedom is definitely exciting for your child, but can result in anxious moments and even sleepless nights for worried parents. The sound of a garage door going up becomes music to a parent’s ears. It means your child has arrived home safely. Read more here.
Measuring Cognitive Distraction -- Part II (2 New Reports)
Think you're focused on driving simply because your eyes are on the road and your hands are on the wheel? The AAA Foundation's ongoing study of cognitive distraction in the automobile is challenging this assumption, by offering the most comprehensive evidence to-date that "hands-free" doesn't mean "risk free."
In these 2 new studies, the AAA Foundation and the University of Utah utilized the mental workload rating scale developed in June 2013 to assess the level of cognitive demand associated with a wide range of tasks and technologies (including, for the first time, proprietary systems). The findings add a wealth of knowledge and nuance to what we established last year, and offer concrete insights into how infotainment and communications technologies might be more safely implemented in vehicles.
For information about the previously-released study, including the development of the rating system itself, click here. Read more here.
Top 5 Excuses for Using Your Smartphone While Driving
I recently came upon this article about preventing car crashes (written by a personal injury expertise who sees this kind of thing all the time), and it got me thinking about how easy it is to just be a safe driver. A lot of it comes down to a little patience - to wait until you get to your destination to do something that otherwise there would be less risk for. But we always find ourselves making excuses. Here are the top 5 excuses you and I probably use on a regular basis for texting, tweeting, reading - smartphone activities etc., and why they are completely invalid. Read more here.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
You also can take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. Read more here.
Distracted driving is rampant on our roadways, killing hundreds each year. Unfortunately, it is easier than ever to drive distracted. Auto makers are putting technology into our vehicles that allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while we are behind the wheel – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk.
The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants empower you to put safety first and Take Back Your Drive. Materials will be available in February. In the meantime, check out some of our infographics, videos and other resources to prepare for April.
We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:
Jason Greene (IL)
Jerry Altgilbers (TN)
Jorge Benitez ( (NC)
Helen Breen (SC)
Emmett Brittain (NC)
Regina Burris (NC)
Brad Donaldson (NC)
Samuel Dotson (NC)
Brenda Fuller (NC)
Tiffany James (NC)
Eva Jones (NC)
Belinda Langston (NC)
Donna Layton (NC)
Tony Long (NC)
Thomas Marsh (TN)
Peggy Martin (NC)
Mike Nichols (VA)
Debra Ogden (FL)
Oscar Outen (NC)
Harry Roper (SC)
David Smith (SC)
Latasha Sneed (NC)
Southeast Driver Training
Ahmed Taher (TN)
Brent Tatum (SC)
Mickey Tripp Jr. (NC)
Jason Casper (DE)
Kalae Balino (HI)
Dwight Gray (NC)
Wilfred Okabe (HI)
Thank you to all our members for your continued support of ADTSEA and we look forward to seeing you all in Portland, Oregon next year!
Mark your calendar for July 17 – 20, 2016.
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