The Impacts of Experience on Teen Driving: Evidence from the Naturalistic Driving Study

The objectives of this research are to use the Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) data files to: (1) evaluate how exposure to greater diversity in traffic and road environments is associated with teen driver performance indicators such as crashes and near-crashes; and (2) gauge the association between confirmed incidences of teen distracting driving behaviors and inattention to the driving task with crashes and near crash involvement and determine if the relationships change with increasing driving experience. Expected outcomes include a better understanding of how more diverse early driving experience lowers risks for teens, with a translation to education and regulation as measured through updates to materials used for training curricula and revised graduated drivers license (GDL) requirements. Also expected is a greater appreciation in the traffic safety community of the roles naturalistic driving data collection can play in developing safe driving habits and in evaluating driver capabilities and performance, potentially stimulating the use of increasingly affordable technologies for capturing such data by trainers/educators, caregivers, and others.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project BTS-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Retting, Richard

  • Start Date: 20210713
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01775929
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project BTS-23
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2021 3:11PM