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.
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.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
The 2014 Teens in the Driver Seat Summit has an official date and we would love to see you there! We will be gathering May 18 -20, 2014 at the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. Register NOW!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Teens in the Driver Seat® was recognized in the “Best Practices” section of the Texas Department of Transportation annual report.
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.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
New Texas data show that the number of high school seniors driving high on drugs now exceeds the number driving after drinking.