Novice Teen Drivers: Million Mile Study

The million-mile study of 14½ year-old drivers is the first study of its type to provide parents and teens context-related information on their driving development using video feedback. Using the DriveCam event triggered video recorder, this study will provide a unique and sustained look into young driver skill development for state and federal policy makers, and the automotive and insurance industries. The objective of this project is to examine driver skill development, behavior and safety of the youngest and most vulnerable drivers - 14½ year-old independent drivers driving to school and school-related activities. Fourteen year-old drivers have never been studied in the naturalistic driving context before. Applying a detailed analysis of this population will provide important additional data to understanding the driving development for our youngest drivers. Such data could be used in future policy enhancements for graduated drivers licensing and training recommendations. The long-range goal of this research is to reduce crashes and related injuries among teen drivers by increasing driving skill and safe driving practices. The project will test a family-focused intervention to influence teens driving and related safety behaviors.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Eisenhower State Office Building
    700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754

    South Dakota Department of Transportation

    700 East Broadway Avenue
    Pierre, SD  United States  57501
  • Project Managers:

    Cowie, Cheryl

  • Start Date: 20090401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29784

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01563881
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(207)
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 23 2015 1:01AM