Distracted Driving Prevention

Distracted driving is bad

The Pediatric Trauma Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Kohl's Cares® are committed to helping Michigan parents and teen drivers through the Kohl's Cares 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

Our work is made possible by a grant from the Kohl’s Cares program to create the Drive Smart initiative. The 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, Mott Children's Hospital is partnering with local organizations to help teen drivers and their families understand and recognize the dangers of distracted driving.

Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares

Committed to its communities, Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) has raised more than $274 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, visit www.Kohls.com.

Kohl’s Associates in Action

Kohl’s Associates in Action Program volunteers will have the opportunity to support the Kohl’s Drive Smart program through involvement at local events sponsored by our Kohl’s Cares/C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital partnership. Local Kohl’s store associates form teams of five or more to support C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital or other local children’s charities. Kohl’s rewards and supports the team’s participation with a $500 corporate grant provided directly to the charity. We are excited about incorporating these volunteers into our Drive Smart program outreach.

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group (YDBIP)

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 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 Kohl’s Drive Smart Program or to connect with us about partnering with your organization for an event, please contact Mott-kohlsdrivesmart@med.umich.edu.