Our researchers whose work is at the cross section between injury and neurodevelopmental or intellectual disabilities have a unique vantage point when studying the driving safety of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Research Institute is home to two of the most highly regarded autism and pediatric injury research centers in the world.
One in three adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) acquires an intermediate driver's license, and the majority does so in their 17th year. An intermediate license permits drivers to travel with restrictions, such as driving curfews and limits on the number of passengers.
Many newly licensed teen drivers do not know how to drive, according to a study by researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) and the University of Pennsylvania.
Teen driving safety researchers suspect there is a surprising lack of rigorous scientific studies focusing on teen drivers with ADHD, according to Allison Curry, PhD, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
When a teen learning to drive sits behind the wheel with sweaty palms, it is often up to the parent to keep their child calm and focused on the road. But how can parents prepare to steer these driving lessons in the right direction?