March 2016 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

ADTSEA/Michelin Tire Safety Workshops

ADTSEA Elections

The 2015-2016 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge


Evaluation of the Safety Benefits

TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide

Teens get back in driver's seat as economy picks up

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Most parents say they set limits on teen drivers -- but teens don't always think so

Mark your calendar

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members

Upcoming Events

Mar 5, 2016

Mar 9, 2016

Mar 9, 2016

Mar 31-Apr 2, 2016

Apr 1 - 2, 2016

Apr 2, 2016

Apr 3, 2016

April 8-9,2016

Apr 15 -16, 2016

Apr 24-26, 2016

April 29, 2016

Apr 30, 2016

May 4-6, 2016

Jul 17-20, 2016

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LONG BEACH, CA     April 2, 2016
ADTSEA, Michelin and FIA will be conducting a one-day tire safety workshop prior to the Lifesavers National Conference on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. There is no fee for the Tire Safety Workshop, but you must register for the Lifesavers conference if you plan on attending the full conference The tire workshop will be open to 30 participants.

Click here for more information on workshop registrations.

Due to low registrations, the April 3, 2016 workshop has been combined with the April 2, 2016 workshop at Lifesavers. There will be no workshop on April 3, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton San Pedro, CA location.

ADTSEA Elections
The 2016 ADTSEA election ballots are going out through Survey Monkey this month. Votes are due by March 31, 2016 and will be tallied on April 1, 2016.  Bios on the candidates can be found on the ADTSEA website at The office communicates with membership mainly through email so email addresses need to be up to date. If you do not receive your ballot or need to update your information, please contact the office at

The 2015-2016 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge
The 2015-2016 TeenDrive365 Video Challenge has begun and, now, there are even more chances to win!

Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving and you could win $15,000, or one of 14 other prizes!
Contest ends March 7, 2016. See more here.


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.

More Information

Evaluation of the Safety Benefits of the Risk Awareness and Perception Training Program for Novice Teen Drivers
An analysis of fatal crash data up to 2013 showed the fatal crash rate per mile driven is nearly twice as high for 16- and 17-year-olds as it is for 18- and 19-year-olds (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, n.d.).This suggests the presence of one or more deficiencies during the first months of licensure that lead to an increased crash risk for newly licensed teen drivers. Analyses of police crash reports by McKnight and McKnight (2003) showed that the main failures leading to crashes among drivers 16 to 19 years old included inadequate visual scanning (ahead, to the sides and to the rear—43.6%), poor attention maintenance (23.0%), and inappropriate speed management (20.8%). Research has also shown that this group has poor anticipation of the existence and position of unexpected hazards (Pradhan et al., 2005) and does not control the speed, acceleration, and position of their vehicles well for hazard avoidance (Fisher et al., 2002; Sagberg & Bjørnskau, 2006).

One way to respond to these teen crash problems is to train new teen drivers to counter the deficiencies in their driving skills. One such training program that addresses hazard anticipation and poor scanning issues is the Risk Awareness and Perception Training (RAPT) program (e.g., Fisher et al., 2010). Researchers have conducted multiple studies of the impacts of various versions of the RAPT program approach using novice drivers in simulators (Pollatsek, Narayanaan, Pradhan, & Fisher, 2006) and in the field (Pradhan, Pollatsek, Knodler, & Fisher, 2009). These studies found that RAPT increased the likelihood that newly licensed drivers would anticipate hazards correctly as measured by the position of their gaze as they drove. Read more here.

TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide
Welcome to the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide and congratulations on being serious about supervising your teen’s practice driving. You are preparing your teen for an exciting and dangerous milestone – driving. High quality practice driving is critical because a major reason why teens crash is their inexperience behind-the-wheel. Research shows that drivers need a variety of practice in a wide range of driving environments to prevent them from committing dangerous driving errors. However, many teens do not get this kind of practice. To address this problem we developed the TeenDrivingPlan (TDP), a web-based intervention to help parents effectively supervise their teens’ driving practice. Read more here.

Teens get back in driver's seat as economy picks up
Teenage drivers are returning to the roads, according to an analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Researchers link the trend to the recent economic recovery.

Teenagers have the highest crash rate per mile traveled of any drivers, so the number of young people on the roads has important safety consequences.

Teen driving began to decline sharply about a decade ago. While many observers speculated that the proliferation of cellphones and social media had made driving less attractive to teenagers, HLDI showed there was a strong relationship between the decline in teen driving and rising teen unemployment.

In a reversal, from 2012 to 2014, more teenagers found jobs. At the same time, more teenagers began driving, an update to the HLDI study shows.

"It seems like many teens really do want to drive after all, and much of the earlier decline in driving was due to the disproportionate effect of the economy on teen employment," HLDI Vice President Matt Moore says. "When teenagers have jobs, they have more of a need to drive, along with money to help pay for it." Read more here.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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. 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.

You also can take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. See more here.

Most parents say they set limits on teen drivers -- but teens don't always think so
Fewer parents place limitations on passengers, driving times and highways; parents who believe their kids are good drivers less likely to set limits. Read more here.

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
Phone: 503-283-4466


Registration Form

We would like to thank our newest ADTSEA Members:

Professional Level

Donnato Ultra (Canada)

Sidney Thomas (LA)

Faye Dent-Webster (MI)

Lynn Magoulas (NY)

Myron Woods (TN)

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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