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New Study: “Other Drivers” Are a Bigger Threat on the Road

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Study suggests that most drivers thing they’re not the real problem. Three-fourths of Texas drivers in a recent survey say they have talked on a cell phone behind the wheel within the past month, about the same number as those who reported speeding.

Teen advocates, federal agency & law enforcement focus on truck crashes

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Nearly 4,000 people die nationwide each year in crashes involving large commercial trucks or buses. Many of those people are young, inexperienced drivers who don’t understand the dangers they and their passengers face every day on the road.

Participate in TxDOT’s Annual Teen Click It or Ticket

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Texas schools have the opportunity to participate with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to educate your friends about seat belts during the annual Teen Click It or Ticket. It’s easy to participate and an important message to get out since teens are the most likely to NOT wear their seat belts and seat belts save thousands of lives each year.

Summary of results from the Catch the CRZY! How did your school do?

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

During the Fall of 2013, Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) launched an activity to increase seat belt use among teen drivers and passengers at TDS schools. The activity, named Catch the CRZY!, consisted of a pre-observation, three weeks of messaging, a post-observation, and a pizza party for the schools that completed and returned all observation data.

Texas teen crash fatalities fall slightly in 2012

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Texas has seen a year-over-year decline in 16 to 19 year-old driver fatalities, representing a 53% reduction for 16-to-19 year-olds (see graph). Texas is the only state where this has happened. This is something we should all be proud to claim we helped with!

It’s all in your head

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

While it’s hard to generalize about an age group, since some teens are more developed than others, scientists still suggest that, in general, teens specifically struggle to keep their cool in social situations. Apparently there is a part of YOUR brain (that’s a teen brain we’re talking about) that, as it becomes mature, helps in social situations. It’s called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex and is involved in behavior control. More developed VPCs can help in uncomfortable social situations by helping you make better decisions – like not driving so fast or dangerously or not punching someone in the face when they make you mad. Scientists are super happy with this hint at the teen brain because understanding what makes you tick can also help keep you safe.

Teens are more likely to drive drowsy

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Most teens need 9.25 hours of sleep a night, so make it a rule and habit to turn off electronics and the lights by 10:30pm, then bump it to 10pm, then 9:45pm. That way, if you have to wake up by 7am you will get plenty of sleep. If you need to wake up earlier, then get to bed earlier. Not every teen needs this much sleep, so you can make changes so it’s right for you, but don’t get any less than 8.5 hours of sleep a night. You need at least this much.

New Texas Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Are you familiar with the new GDL Laws in Texas? If you have or are a teen driver, you should be. There are a couple of changes that will help save the lives of Texas teens.

New Study: Fatal crash risk for teens with passengers rising, even as traffic deaths show 10-year decline

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

New research suggests that novice teenage drivers (age 15-17) are about eight times more likely than young adult drivers (age 18-24) to have a fatal crash if teenage passengers are in the motor vehicle. Moreover, that teen passenger risk has grown greater over the past decade, even as total numbers of crash deaths have dropped dramatically for young drivers.

The analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) looked at ten years of national data on fatal crashes in which teen passengers (age 13-17) were present at the time of the crash. Researchers then compared patterns for novice drivers with those of young adult drivers to arrive at a “relative risk index” to illustrate the greater danger faced by the youngest drivers as compared to those with a few years of driving experience.

Join the Celebration

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

State Farm is celebrating YOU by holding the greatest teen driving safety celebration to encourage teens to make positive choices as they start driving. State Farm is putting $3.25 million in grants, which will be awarded to 100 high schools. Make sure yours is registered and your school could receive a Kelly Clarkson concert and $100,000!

Voice-to-text apps offer no driving safety benefit

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Texting drivers may believe they’re being more careful when they use the voice-to-text method, but new research findings suggest that those applications offer no real safety advantage over manual texting.

The study was sponsored by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center and conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. SWUTC is a part of the University Transportation Centers Program, which is a federally-funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Drive Alive Dash, hosted by Garland Youth Council

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The Drive Alive Dash is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6, 2013 at Firewheel Town Center, 245 Cedar Sage Drive.

TxDOT recognizes Teens in the Driver Seat as a Best Practice

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Teens in the Driver Seat® was recognized in the “Best Practices” section of the Texas Department of Transportation annual report.

TxDOT reminds motorists that “buzzed” driving is drunk driving

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Spring – March 1st through May 31st – marks the most dangerous season on Texas roadways for alcohol-related traffic crashes. That’s why the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to line up a P.A.S.S. – a Person Appointed to Stay Sober – because even “buzzed” driving is drunk driving.

In 2011, spring accounted for 26 percent of all alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas, according to TxDOT, more than any other season. At the same time, weekends continue to claim too many lives – more than half (58 percent) of all alcohol-related crashes occurred on a weekend in 2011. With spring break and holiday weekends approaching, TxDOT wants motorists to know that consuming just a few drinks can still impair a person’s ability to drive, and it has launched a public safety campaign to let them know of the effect alcohol has on driving.