How can collision-avoidance technologies improve the safety of our teen drivers?
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for teens. Teen drivers have a disproportionately high rate of fatal crashes, mainly because of their lack of skills and experience. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, approximately 2,400 teens in the United States aged 13–19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes. This means that approximately 7 teens died every day due to motor vehicle crashes. Collision avoidance technologies like automatic emergency braking (AEB), collision warning, and lane departure prevention can be particularly beneficial for teen drivers.
According to a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study, crash avoidance features and teen-specific vehicle technologies have the potential to prevent or mitigate up to three-quarters of fatal crashes involving teen drivers.
During this webinar, which will be hosted by Board Member Michael Graham, we will discuss the role of vehicle technology—specifically, collision avoidance technologies (such as AEB and collision warning)—in reducing teen traffic crashes and fatalities. We will dive deeper into the IIHS’s recent research on collision avoidance technology and teen driver safety, explore perspectives from educators and the automotive industry, and address how vehicle technology, if made standard in all vehicles, can contribute toward equitable and accessible safe transportation for all.
As we all work toward achieving zero traffic crashes on our roads, we must remember that it all begins with preparing our teens with the best possible technologies and strategies for preventing roadway crashes.
Require Collision-Avoidance and Connected-Vehicle Technologies on all Vehicles is on the current 2021-2022 Most Wanted List and Teen Driving Safety has been a topic on previous Most Wanted List of Transportation Improvements.
To receive a calendar invite, you may register to attend the meeting. Registration is optional.
- Alexandra Mueller – Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
- Paul Scullion, Director of Safety, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
- Benny Malburg, VP, Driving Professionals Group and Owner, OFFICIAL Driving Schools
- William Van Tassel – Manager, Driver Training Operations, AAA National
- Nadia Anderson, Director of Federal Affairs, INRIX
- Rob Molloy, Office of Highway Safety Director, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)