Distracted Driving Prevention

The Pediatric Trauma Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is committed to helping Michigan parents and teen drivers through the Drive Smart initiative.

We aim to improve driver behavior with respect to dealing with distraction and provide tools to bridge communication between young drivers and their parents, providers, and educators on strategies for change.

Our goals are to help:

  • teens recognize and prevent the dangers of distracted driving
  • parents model safe driving behavior
  • passengers in the vehicle limit distractions so that all can arrive safely

The Drive Smart program was designed to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and direct parents, providers and educators to educational resources and useful tools to communicate and set expectations about distracted driving. Visit the Drive Smart interactive website

Our community partners

Through the Drive Smart Program, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is partnering with local organizations to help teen drivers and their families understand and recognize the dangers of distracted driving.

Volunteers in Action

Our Pediatric Trauma Prevention team often partners with volunteers from law enforcement community outreach, Kohl’s stores or other organizations to support the Drive Smart program through involvement at local events. We conduct safe teen driver and safe passenger assemblies at schools, offer teens the chance to drive the distracted driving simulator at events, and distribute resources for parents and teens throughout the community. We are excited about incorporating these volunteers into our Drive Smart program outreach.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is dedicated to achieving safe and sustainable transportation for a global society. With a multimillion-dollar research program, broad faculty expertise, and multiple collaborators, the Institute is committed to interdisciplinary research that will ultimately increase driving safety and further transportation systems knowledge. UMTRI’s Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group (YDBIP) researchers draw on expertise in psychology, public health, and injury prevention to conduct scientific studies and develop intervention programs to improve the safety of young drivers.

University of Michigan Injury Center

The University of Michigan Injury Center is one of nine CDC-funded Injury Control Research focused on preventing injury through research, education, and outreach.  With more than 200 members from 20+ institutions and faculty leadership from more than 14 departments at three academic institutions, the Center brings together many disciplines to focus on injury prevention. 

For more information about the Drive Smart Program or to connect with us about partnering with your organization for an event, please contact Mott-Drivesmart@med.umich.edu.