Using Naturalistic Driving Data to Examine Teen Driver Behaviors Present in Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2007-2015

As the driving environment continues to evolve we want to identify those crashes that teens are most frequently involved in as well as the distractions or competing activities that are most often being engaged in leading up to these crashes. However, determining what activities teens are engaging in before a crash occurs is not an easy task. Previous research has largely relied on survey and crash data to attempt to obtain this type of information. In this study, the authors conducted a large-scale comprehensive examination of naturalistic crash data from over 2200 moderate to severe collisions that involved teenage drivers between 2007 and 2015. The data allowed the researchers to examine behaviors and potential contributing factors in the seconds leading up to the collision, and provided information not available in police reports. It also allowed the researchers to look for trends associated with crashes of young drivers from 2007-2015, paying particular attention to the behaviors being engaged in leading up to those crashes. Specifically, the authors explored the following research questions: (1) Has there been a change in the prevalence of a particular crash type between 2007 and 2015? (2) Has there been a change in the proportion of crashes with distraction present? (3) Has there been any change in the type of potentially distracting behaviors being engaged in? (4) Have eyes off forward roadway (EOFR) times changed relative to specific distractions or crash types?


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 46p

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  • Accession Number: 01603622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2016 3:12PM