October 2014 eNewsletter

In This Issue:

High Schools register for Celebrate My Drive®

Presentations from the 2014 ADTSEA Conference

National Teen Driver Safety Week 2014

Teen Driver Safety

Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week

What Is Distracted Driving?


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High Schools register for Celebrate My Drive®, prepare for online safe driving commitments to win prizes from State Farm®

Celebrate My Drive is a community celebration of safe driving habits. It emphasizes making safe choices behind the wheel like 2N2®, 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel. Please help us influence new drivers to be safe drivers by inviting high schools to rally students, teachers and community members to make safe driving commitments at www.celebratemydrive.com Oct 15 – 24.
Please get involved by:

  • Encouraging high school administrators you work with to register at www.celebratemydrive.com. High schools must be registered by Oct. 7 to compete for great prizes. Two grand prize winners will earn a hometown concert by The Band Perry, plus a $100,000 grant. Eight more schools will be awarded a $100,000 grant. Ninety high schools will receive $25,000 grants.
  • Circulating this program overview to increase awareness of the program.
  • Encourage those you influence to join the conversation on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CelebrateMyDrive
  • Sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter:
Thank you for helping keep teens safe on our roads and for spreading the word about Celebrate My Drive! Go to www.celebratemydrive.com for complete rules and additional details.

Presentations from the 2014 ADTSEA Conference

The Parenting Driving Zone
A presentation by Andy Pilgrim on distracted driving with data and feedback from the parents, students and teachers. See the presentation here.

Teacher Training Group Project Report
Presentation is on the Teacher Training Project being developed by ANSTSE and an expert working group. Presentation topics include an overview of the Teacher Training System Project, accomplishments and draft documents, and an open discussion on Teacher Training and Credentialing. Read more here.

Driver Education – Reaching Outside the Classroom
This presentation by Carol Hoormann of Lindbergh High School in St. Louis MO highlights some of the techniques that are used at the Lindbergh High Schools Drivers Education program.Read more here.

National Teen Driver Safety Week 2014
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is a time designated by Congress each year to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. Now in its eighth year, NTDSW takes place October 19-25, 2014. This year's theme is 'Support Older Novice Drivers: Build Awareness of the Trend in Delayed Licensure.' Many youth delay getting driver licenses until after age 18 and do so mainly for economic reasons and not to avoid Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) requirements. It can be a practical, responsible choice for families, but there are things they need to know to keep young novice drivers safe.
Check out this page that describes your call to action.

Read this blog post about getting involved in National Teen Driver Safety Week

For more ideas and insights to promote National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) in your school or community, subscribe to our Research in Action Teen Driver Safety RSS feed, follow us on Twitter@SafetyMD#teendriving2014, and like us on Facebook at Ride Like A Friend. See more here.

Teen Driver Safety
A Need to Support Older Novice Drivers: National Teen Driver Safety Week
September 29, 2014
Recent research tells us that nationally a significant minority of drivers get their licenses after their 18th birthday. These young drivers get licensed without the protective benefits of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), except in New Jersey where full GDL extends to all novice drivers under age 21, and without exposure to educational campaigns when they first begin to drive. For National Teen Driver Safety Week (#teendriving2014), CIRP@CHOP hopes to spark a new conversation about actions we can take to support this vulnerable group. Read more here.

Critical Safety Errors of Learner Teen Drivers
While restrictions during the early independent driving period help to reduce crashes during those first critical months by reducing exposure to high risk driving situations, teens still enter this phase with specific skill deficits that could have been addressed more effectively in the learner phase. Ideally, driver training and supervised practice during the Learner Permit phase would be focused on the critical safety-relevant errors that teens are likely to make so that teens enter the Intermediate License phase with better tactical driving skills, rather than just the vehicle operations skills necessary to pass a basic licensing exam. Read more here.

Please find more articles regarding Teen Driver Safety here

Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 19-25, 2014
Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care (RLAF) is a school-based campaign that encourages safe teen passenger and driver behavior. Student leaders and club members work with teachers and school administrators to plan and conduct a set of in-school RLAF activities that span 3-5 school days. These activities encourage safe in-car behaviors like buckling up and respecting the driver. While RLAF can be conducted throughout the school year, an ideal time is during National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), which is held annually the third week of October. See more here.

What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. Read more here.

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