Teen Driving Assessments

Why is this important?

Teenagers have a higher risk of motor vehicle crashes than any other age group.

The virtual driving assessment aims to prevent crashes in this vulnerable group by providing teen patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with a comprehensive evaluation of real-world driving skills in a safe, controlled environment. 

Our initiative

The virtual driving assessment has been established at multiple CHOP primary care practices to provide patients with innovative technology to improve crash outcomes. The virtual driving assessment measures a person’s ability to drive safely and avoid crashes by identifying specific skill deficits.  Upon completion of the virtual driving assessment, participants receive personalized feedback on their driving via an automated report, which includes actionable steps for improvement, including tips and videos to develop specific driving skills.

What we learned

The virtual driving assessment has proven to be feasible and reliable to implement in a primary care office. Most teens found the assessment easy to use and realistic, while all teens and their families felt the driving feedback was helpful and would recommend the experience to others. We are now implementing the virtual driving assessment across the CHOP Primary Care Network.