(Reuters Health) - Teen drivers who wisely stow away their cell phones while they’re behind the wheel still need to be aware of another important risk factor for accidents, a small study suggests. Even when not distracted by their phones, adolescents who reach for or handle other objects while driving are almost seven times more likely to crash than teens who don’t reach for anything at all, the study found. “Compared to older drivers, teens’ limited driving experience and youthful characteristics may contribute to their higher risk for distraction when engaging in secondary tasks while driving,” said lead study author Pnina Gershon of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. “Furthermore, teens tend to overestimate their ability to multitask while driving and are considered to be early adopters of technology, meaning that they are more likely to embrace new technologies and possibly use them while driving,” Gershon said by … [Read more...] about Teen drivers reaching for objects more likely to crash
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Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Dec 22, 2018 Mirror, mirror on the windshield: Start my car and recall my settings for seats, audio and climate. Then activate the alarm on my house. New technologies including iris recognition and built-in universal toll transponders will be on display from Michigan-based automotive mirror specialist Gentex at the CES show in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11. Gentex, which wants to evolve from being the largest supplier of advanced automotive mirrors to supply a range of electronics, will also show dimmable sunroof and window glass in demo vehicles at the show. CES has featured everything from home entertainment systems to autonomous vehicles. Gentex, based in Zeeland on Michigan’s west coast, will also show developments of the high-def video rearview mirror it supplies to several automakers. Several Gentex features also will be on a concept car from Swiss designer Rinspeed. High-security iris recognition An iris-scanning system … [Read more...] about Gentex mirrors can start car, pay tolls, snitch on teen drivers
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Family Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Family | Helping Teenagers to Be Safer Drivers Supported by Personal Health New drivers are more likely to get into trouble because they lack experience, but the best way to reduce the risk of a crash is to become an experienced driver. ByJane E. Brody Nov. 26, 2018 My 16-year-old grandson, who lives in suburban Los Angeles, is on the verge of getting a driver’s license and, quite frankly, I’m terrified. Driving around L.A. is scary even for very experienced adult drivers. Does a 16-year-old boy, whose navigation skills are limited to the internet, have the judgment, attention span and ability to process a dozen different inputs simultaneously necessary to avoid an accident? Mind you, learning to drive was not my grandson’s idea, but his parents are tired of chauffeuring the kids everywhere, and … [Read more...] about Helping Teenagers to Be Safer Drivers
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Family Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Adolescence As a psychologist, I worry that location tracking can confuse the question of who is mainly responsible for the safety of the roaming adolescent — the parent or the teenager? ByLisa Damour Aug. 29, 2018 If you want to start a heated debate, ask a group of parents what they think about using technology to track a teenager’s location. Plenty of adults balk at the idea of remotely following an adolescent’s movements, while others question why any loving parent wouldn’t. As the school year gets underway, parents who have just dropped their teenagers off on college campuses may be watching on apps like Life 360 as their freshly minted freshmen try to figure out the best route from dorm to dining hall. Indeed, the ability to locate our children using GPS … [Read more...] about Should You Track Your Teen’s Location?
Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:20 21 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 21 July 2018 Teenage boy taking a driving lesson with an instructor. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto monkeybusinessimages When we reached our teens, what were the things we most wanted to do? I’ll skip over the most obvious thing for the sake of taste and decency.Thing Two was to pass your driving test, get a car and drive, drive, drive.Never mind 18th birthdays, it was the big one seven that mattered most.I remember my group of friends in Cromer waiting for the big day with impatience - and jealousy in the case of those whose birthdays fell towards the end of the school year.In truth, few of us were prepared to wait.So many of us went - pre-17 - through the ritual of going to an abandoned Second World War airfield with mum or dad and learning to drive on the runway.It saved a few quid by getting us further down the road when we started the real lessons.My lessons with Ron Dutch were £8.50 per hour. … [Read more...] about Should teens still learn to drive now freedom no longer needs four wheels?