Executive Function Capacities, Negative Driving Behavior and Crashes in Young Drivers

Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of injury and death in adolescents, with teen drivers three times more likely to be in a fatal crash when compared to adults. One potential contributing risk factor is the ongoing development of executive functioning with maturation of the frontal lobe through adolescence and into early adulthood. This review points to an urgent need for systematic research to inform development of more effective training and interventions.

    Guns, Motor Vehicles, and the Deaths of Young People

    What if we treated guns like motor vehicles? Dan Romer wrote in The Hill that guns, like cars, are a major cause of deaths and injuries in the United States, especially for young people. Yet we know so much about motor-vehicle deaths than those caused by guns – because we study them.

      Teen drivers need better training to counter inexperience and inattention

      Better driver training and closer parental supervision of young drivers could reduce some of the major risks that lead to teen driver crashes, according to a review of recent studies published online this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “A lot of crashes involving adolescent drivers are due to inexperience, as opposed to recklessness or the inability to pay attention to the road,” said the lead author, Daniel Romer.