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HBB Research - Young Drivers
Teen Driving Risk Studies
This series of observational studies are designed to improve understanding of the nature of teen driving risk.
The 40-Teen Naturalistic Teenage Driving Study (NTDS)
The purpose of NTDS is to evaluate the effects of experience on teen driving performance under various driving conditions. Researchers recruited 40 novice teen drivers at the time of licensure and equipped the teens' vehicles with cameras, g-force meters, Global Positioning System (GPS), and other equipment to provide detailed information about driving performance during the first 18 months of driving experience. Of particular interest is driving performance in the presence or absence of teen passengers and at night versus during the day. Twenty of these teens share a vehicle with a parent, and these parents have agreed to be in the study to provide a comparison group.
Supervised Practice Driving Study
This study seeks to examine the nature of parent-supervised practice driving, and determine the extent to which the amount of practice is associated with driving performance after licensure. A sample of 100 families was recruited and will be observed and surveyed during a period of 18 months.
Experimental Research on the Influence of Peer Passengers on Simulated Risky Driving Among Teenage Males
The objective of this study is to understand the effects and mechanisms of the influence of peer passengers on male teen drivers, specifically the effects of peer personality stereotypes on the risk taking behavior of male teenage drivers. A series of experimental studies will be conducted in a driving simulator with various manipulations of passenger type and presence. Driving simulator and eye tracking data are collected to analyze driving behavior, risk taking behavior, and attention/distraction related variables.
Bruce Simons-Morton, Ed.D., M.P.H.
- Simons-Morton, BG, Zhang, Z, Jackson, JC, Albert, PS. Do elevated gravitational-force events while driving predict crashes and near crashes? Am J Epidemiol 175(10): 1075-1079, 2012. doi:1093/aje/kwr440, PMID:22271924
- Zhang, Z, Albert, PS, Simons-Morton, BG. Marginal analysis of longitudinal count data in long sequences: Methods and application to a driving study. Annals of Applied Statistics 6(1): 27–54, 2012. doi: 10.1214/11-AOAS507
- Jackson, J, Albert, PS, Zhang, Z, and Simons-Morton, B. Ordinal latent variable models and their application in the study of newly licensed teenage drivers. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society-Series C, Applied Statistics 62(3): 435-450, 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9876.2012.01065.x
- Simons-Morton, BG, Ouimet, MC, Wang, J, Chen, R, Klauer, SG, Lee, SE, Dingus, T. Peer influence predicts speeding prevalence among teenage drivers. J Safety Res 43(5-6): 397-403, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2012.10.002 PMID:23206513
- Simons-Morton, BG, Cheon, K, Guo, F, & Albert, P. Trajectories of kinematic risky driving among novice teenagers. Accident Analysis & Prevention 51C: 27-32, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.10.011 PMID:23182780.
- Zakrajsek, JS, Shope, JT, Greenspan, AI, Wang, J, Bingham, CR, Simons-Morton, BG. Effectiveness of a brief parent-directed teen driver safety intervention (Checkpoints) delivered by driver education instructors. Journal of Adolescent Health 53: 27-33, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.12.010 PMID:23481298
- Simons-Morton, BG, Bingham, R, Ouimet, MC, Pradhan, A, Chen, R, Barretto, A, Shope, J. (2013). The effect on teenage risky driving of feedback from a safety monitoring system: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Adolescent Health 53: 21-26, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.11.008 PMID:23375825