NHTSA Search Results
From 2007, The effectiveness of The Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) passed by the Georgia legislature in 1997, in reducing fatal crashes among 16-year-old drivers was examined using the Fatality Reporting System. Results showed that during the first 5 1/2 years following the enactment of TADRA, the average annual driver crash rate for 16- year-olds declined 36.8 percent.
A pamphlet from IIHS and NHTSA on teen drives and safety.
NHTSA Information for State - DRIVER EDUCATION ASSESSMENT
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This study explored how drivers 60 and older control the accelerator and brake while driving and parking, advancing an earlier study about pedal misapplication crashes. An instrumented vehicle on a test route in actual traffic measured foot movement and position affecting possible pedal error. Participants included 6 drivers with peripheral neuropathy of the feet, 2 with hip replacements, and 18 older but healthy drivers. Researchers also documented participants’ functional abilities such as leg functional reach and anthropometries such as height and femur length to determine whether these factors related to pedal control. Drivers with medical conditions scored significantly poorer than the normally aging drivers while parking. Poor vehicle fit was significantly related to functional ability.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/older-drivers-and-n... October 19, 2018
This project examined measures related to older adults’ driving performance while they drove to a familiar destination without navigation aids, and when following new routes they had not previously driven using paper directions or an electronic navigation system (ENS), often called a “GPS.” Phase 1 also explored the effects of experience/familiarity using an ENS on driving, route-following, and manual destination entry task performance. Phase 2 explored the impact of training in ENS use on driving behavior and destination entry performance. Phase 1 found that on average all age and familiarity groups exhibited better driving performance when using the ENS compared to paper directions. The 70-and-older group members who were previously unfamiliar with the use of an ENS had the poorest driving test scores. The Phase 1 destination entry task focused on determining whether the drivers could correctly enter addresses into the device. People in their 60s performed better on this task than did those in their 70s, and participants who were familiar with ENS outperformed those who were not. Phase 2 showed that training on the use of an ENS did not improve driving performance, but did improve performance on destination entry tasks. This study suggests that ENS systems are difficult for older drivers to program, but training such as that developed for the study can improve the ability of these drivers to correctly enter destinations. Any driving performance benefits the systems may afford drivers cannot be realized if a user cannot correctly input a destination or becomes frustrated and rejects the use of the ENS device altogether.
Demonstration and promising pilot program to increase bicycle helmet use in middle school students tested in 2005. Students were provided helmets with the school logo and given the option to decorate their helmets.