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Title: Teen Driver Coach
Contact: Michael D. Fontaine
Associate Director for Safety, Operations, and Traffic Engineering
Project No.: 00041
Target Date: 05/29/2015
Abstract: Past research has demonstrated that providing both real-time and post-hoc feedback to both parents and teenage drivers can reduce the frequency of elevated g-force events (high speed turns, swerving, and hard braking maneuvers). 

This study will assess the effectiveness of real-time and post hoc feedback in reducing the rates of crashes and near-crashes, as well as reducing elevated g-force events, extreme “eyes-off-the-road” time, speeding and alcohol use for teenage drivers over the first five months of independent driving.  Ninety teenagers who receive feedback will be compared to 90 teenagers who did not receive the feedback to determine if incident rates decrease more quickly for those receiving the feedback. 

To test the longevity of the results, the feedback systems will be turned off during the last month of the study to assess whether unsafe driving behaviors return.

     Charlie Klauder, VTTI
     Catherine C. McGhee