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Teen Driving Experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Support New Recommendations From the New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission
Date:3/26/2008

e in every seating position will save lives.

-- Of all age groups, teen drivers are the least likely to use seat belts. In 2005, two-thirds of teen drivers and passengers killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

Mandatory 50 hours of supervised driving practice:

-- The Commission's recommendations to extend the length of the permit phase and establish a framework for sufficient behind-the-wheel training are well founded.

-- Research demonstrates that lots of practice under varied conditions is protective for novice drivers. 50 hours of supervised driving is considered a minimum by experts.

Parental Involvement:

-- Parents need to understand their role through the driver training phase, all the way through their teens' first years of independent driving. They need the right tools to keep their teens safe.

-- Teens rely on parents to help them make safe decisions. Parent orientation and frequent contact with a driving instructor are great ways to stay informed and engaged in the learning process.

Funding and access to driver education:

-- The Commission should be commended for recognizing that funding and access to driver education and training must be preserved.

-- Work should be done to determine effective best practices for teaching new drivers and how to best incorporate them into training programs.

School start times:

-- By recommending that schools implement later start times, the commission also addresses the commonly overlooked problem of drowsy driving among teens, a major cause of crashes.

Through a groundbreaking teen driving research partnership, CHOP and State Farm Insurance Companies are working to develop effective interventions to dramatically reduce teen crashes nationally.

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