Distracted Driving

Few social trends in the United States are as startling as the staggering rates of texting-while-driving (TWD), especially among teens. Car accidents are the number one cause of death for adolescents and 10 percent of these incidents involve distracted driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Dr. Despina Stavrinos, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama (UAB), has dedicated her … Continue reading “A Research Psychologist’s Perspective On Distracted Driving and Teens”

Teen Driving

The number one danger facing teens in the United States is not drugs, abduction, or suicide — it’s car crashes. Over 3,000 teens die and many more are injured every year. Teen crashes happen with such regularity, in fact, the majority don’t make the news. This adds to a false sense of security among  eager young drivers and their busy … Continue reading “5 things parents must do to keep teen drivers safe”

Teen Driving

National Teen Driver Safety Week — held this week through Friday, October 26th – aims to build national awareness about safe teen driving practices. Created by the Federal Congress in 2007, NTDSW engages teens, parents, and teachers throughout the country and is sponsored by over 50 organizations — including State Farm Insurance and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – and is endorsed by the … Continue reading “5 ways to support National Teen Driver Safety Week”

Traffic Safety

So you have finally gotten that license you have been salivating over for the past 16 years. You studied your state specific handbook, took the drivers test, and now you’re free to hit the open road, right?  Wrong! Before you go joy riding around town there are a few things you need to know.  First off, you’re not a fully … Continue reading “But It’s Not Fair! Teen Driving Laws and Their Importance”