December 4, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 10

Special issue: graduated licensing

Bandwagon moving fastStates accelerate graduated licensing laws

A total of 35 states have adopted one or more elements of graduated licensing, a system that reduces teen crashes by easing beginners in to full driving privileges.

Teen passenger restriction will save lives, study predicts

New study shows teen passenger restriction will save lives even if all teens drive separately as a result.

Parents' enthusiasm for graduated plan grows with experience

A new survey shows parents approve of graduated licensing even more after they experience it.

Big crash reductions accompany graduated licensing in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia has one of the first graduated driver licensing system in North America. The program cut crashes for all novice drivers 19 percent in the first year.

October 30, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 9

Special issue: vehicle compatibility in crashes

Putting the crash compatibility issue in perspective

Changing the weight mix of the passenger vehicle fleet to improve crash compatibility

Changing vehicles' geometric designs can mitigate incompatibility

NHTSA is addressing compatibility in crash tests, analyses of data from real collision

October 2, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 8

Many doctors aren't counseling parents and other caregivers about child safety in motor vehicles

Lots of children still ride unrestrained, and too many of them are in front seats

Restraining older children is the subject of a blue ribbon panel convened by the U.S. Department of Transportation

School bus safety is the focus of a two-year research program

Technical group on side airbags will develop procedures to assess safety

July 17, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 7

Teenagers' crashes and traffic violations track their parents' records

On toll roads, rates of multiple-vehicle crashes for trucks exceed rates for passenger vehicles

Reasons for buckling up differ among motorists in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia

Theft losses are highest for SUVs among 1996-98 models

June 19, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 6

Cameras to control speed, apprehend and deter speeders are being used successfully, notably on London's M25

Sobriety checkpoints in Tennessee reduce fatal crashes involving drivers with high BACs

European truck regulations are much tougher than U.S. rules

Conspicuity rules for new truck trailers are extended to existing ones

Safety of longer combination vehicles is subject of new federal report

May 22, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 5

Special issue: neck injuries in rear-end crashes

The seats and head restraints in many vehicles don't protect people's necks, but new designs show promise

Understanding the fundamentals of whiplash injuries points toward effective prevention strategies

Head restraints with good geometry reduce neck injuries in on-the-road collisions

April 24, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 4

Special issue: safety advancements

In 6 of 10 new vehicles, occupant protection improves, crash tests show

Impressive crash test performance for Ford with side airbags that also protect the head

On the brink of advanced frontal airbags in new cars

Better bumpers on most vehicles the Institute tested

March 13, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 3

Special issue: pedestrian injuries

It's a big problem but pedestrian deaths aren't as numerous as they used to be

Countermeasures big and small; methods range from changing the timing of traffic signals to designing new roadways with pedestrians in mind

Vehicle designs affect the harm that's inflicted on pedestrians

February 6, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 2

Florida's new licensing law reduces crashes among 15, 16, and 17 year-olds

Presence of passengers increases teenage drivers' risk of crashing

Changes to federal airbag rules shouldn't include reinstating 30 mph unbelted crash test, Institute and others tell NHTSA

Recommendations for an ideal graduated licensing law

Teenagers' activities aren't cramped by delaying licensure

January 16, 1999 |Volume 34, Number 1

Child safety seats will be easier to install under NHTSA's new regulation calling for uniform attachments

New attachments for child seats

Higher speed limits on interstate highways in 24 states result in 15 percent more motor vehicle deaths

Black and Hispanic children and teens are at high risk of dying in crashes