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Teenage Drivers’ Views of a Classroom and Closed-Road Post-License Advanced Driving Program, Guard Your Life

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Department of Automotive Engineering, Clemson University, Greenville, SC 29607, USA
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BMW Performance Center, Greer, SC 29651, USA
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Safety 2020, 6(4), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety6040044
Received: 26 June 2020 / Revised: 21 September 2020 / Accepted: 21 September 2020 / Published: 28 September 2020
In the US, teenage drivers have an increased risk of being involved in crashes. To address this, post-license advanced driving programs have emerged. This study gains teenagers’ perspective of a post-license defensive driving program focused on a hands-on introduction to emergency braking, skid recovery and the dangers of distracted driving. The teenagers completed a survey immediately following the program and a phone interview three months later. The open-ended survey and phone interview items reflect the program’s key concepts. During the follow-up phone interview, the majority of teenagers reported using the skills experienced and half of the participants who participated in the phone interview reported using skills that they learned to avoid a crash. Almost all teenagers reported anticipating or changing their driving behaviors, specifically by reducing distractions, having a heightened awareness and changing their driving position. The survey and follow-up phone interview results suggest that the teenagers benefited from the skills introduced and, from the teenagers’ perspective, has helped them avoid crashes. View Full-Text
Keywords: teenage drivers; defensive driving; emergency braking; skid recovery; distractions teenage drivers; defensive driving; emergency braking; skid recovery; distractions
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Mims, L.; Brooks, J.O.; Jenkins, C.; Schwambach, B.; Gubitosa, D. Teenage Drivers’ Views of a Classroom and Closed-Road Post-License Advanced Driving Program, Guard Your Life. Safety 2020, 6, 44.

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Mims L, Brooks JO, Jenkins C, Schwambach B, Gubitosa D. Teenage Drivers’ Views of a Classroom and Closed-Road Post-License Advanced Driving Program, Guard Your Life. Safety. 2020; 6(4):44.

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Mims, Lauren; Brooks, Johnell O.; Jenkins, Casey; Schwambach, Breno; Gubitosa, Daniel. 2020. "Teenage Drivers’ Views of a Classroom and Closed-Road Post-License Advanced Driving Program, Guard Your Life" Safety 6, no. 4: 44.

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