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A number of studies have shown that passengers substantially increase the risk of crashes for young, novice drivers. This increased risk may result from distractions that young passengers create for drivers. Alternatively, the presence of passengers may increase the likelihood of teenage drivers engaging in explicitly risky behaviors, for example, by actively encouraging the drivers to take risks. A better understanding of the nature of passengers’ influence on teenage driving will help develop strategies to reduce young drivers’ increased crash risks
This letter is to acknowledge those Driver Education Assessment recommendations and their role in the future of Oregon Driver Education program.
Questions you might want to ask the older driver in your family to ensure that they can continue driving safely.
Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean a person’s driving days are over. But it’s important to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road.
Developing the framework for addressing drowsy driving across the nation.
Evaluate your needs, making sure the vehicle "fits" you properly, choosing appropriate features, installing and knowing how to use adaptive devices, practicing good vehicle maintenance.
The percentage of passenger vehicle drivers text-messaging or visibly manipulating handheld devices remained constant at 2.2 percent in 2015. Driver handheld cell phone use decreased from 4.3 percent in 2014 to 3.8 percent in 2015; this was not a statistically significant decrease. These results are from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only nationwide probability-based observed data on driver electronic device use in the United States.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/intersection-crashe... June 1, 2011
Analyses of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Automotive Sampling System (NASS)/General Estimates System (GES) data from 2002 – 2006 revealed specific performance errors and combinations of driver, vehicle, and roadway/environmental characteristics associated with older drivers’ crashes at intersections. For subsets of the two-vehicle crash data within each national database, crash involvement ratios based on comparisons of at-fault to not-at-fault drivers within groups of drivers age <20 to 80+, segregated in 10-year cohorts, provide exposure-adjusted estimates of the magnitude of particular risk factors. While FARS and GES data show elevated crash risk for older drivers, the effect was more pronounced in the FARS data. This exaggeration likely reflects increased frailty with increasing age; young and middle-aged drivers may have survived crashes that were fatal to the oldest drivers. While the data are consistent with the literature in that more complex driving tasks pose the most risk for older drivers, these data also provide information about the scale of the increased risk.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/clinicians-guide-as... January 1, 2016
Clinician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers - January 2016