Driver distraction: a review of the literature

This report provides a comprehensive review of the current research on driver distractions deriving from within the vehicle. The impact of technology ( e.g., mobile phones and route guidance systems) and non technology-based distractions (e.g., eating, smoking and conversing with passengers) on driving performance is examined and the relative influence of these distractions on driving is discussed. Approximately one quarter of vehicle crashes in the United States are estimated to result from the driver being inattentive or distracted. Whilst the full extent to which distraction is a causal factor in vehicle crashes in Australia is not yet known, there is converging evidence that it likely to be a significant problem here. As more wireless communication, entertainment and driver assistance systems proliferate the vehicle market, the prevalence of distraction-related crashes here and overseas is expected to escalate. The various methods that have been employed to measure driver distraction are examined and those measurement techniques that appear most promising in being able to accurately measure in-vehicle distraction are identified. In the final section of the report, recommendations for research and for the management of driver distraction are provided as a first step in stimulating development of a national agenda for dealing with this issue.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 52p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 206

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01391311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 732617154
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 5:27AM